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Merry Christmas

A little early, but here is another clean thread as we play out the year. Merry Christmas and hopefully I will be back with some actual new material starting on Tuesday.

Posted by Dave at 12:32 pm
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609 Responses to “Merry Christmas”

  1. Tina says:

    Merry Christmas.

  2. Robbie says:

    And some wonder why I am dubious Trump can maintain message discipline after the successful passage of tax cuts.

    Peter Baker?
    @peterbakernyt

    In Oval Office meeting, Trump raged about immigrants coming into the country, according to officials. Haitians? They “all have AIDS,” he snapped. Nigerians? After seeing America, they won’t want to “go back to their huts.”

  3. Hugh says:

    Yes I believe everything I hear.

  4. gameboy says:

    #2

    I imagine you believe the tooth fairy as well LOL

  5. Bitterlaw says:

    Merry Christmas to all. Even the posters who don’t like or see me as a RINO traitor to Donald Trump’s alleged conservatism.

  6. Bitterlaw says:

    I’m treating Jason the way he’s always treated me. If he can manipulate my views on everything, then turnabout is fair play.

    Robbie adopts the classic “I’m rubber. you’re glue” tactic.

  7. Phil says:

    “according to officials”

    Oh yeah – “the officials”

    Who are they? Oh yeah, they’re “officials” so that obviously makes it official.

    Got it.

  8. Hugh says:

    Merry Christmas to all regardless of your views. Bitter, I am glad you got a new job.

  9. Tina says:

    Yup, unnamed sources say it is true.

  10. Tina says:

    Yeah congrats bl on your new job.

  11. Phil says:

    Doesn’t get any more official than coming from “the officials”.

    Must be true then. It’s officially official.

  12. mnw says:

    Those RAS Trump JA numbers (44%) may well be re-elect numbers. That’s about what he had on the day before the GE.

    Plus, I believe he will likely gain some more now.

  13. Tina says:

    FIrst we f flynn, then we f trump.

    We could not verify anything in the dossier, but I still beleive in. It.

    Andy MCCABE, #2 at the fbi.

  14. Tina says:

    Schweikart says to look at the voter registration numbers. Rs increased significantly in 12 states. This includes florida and pa and az.

  15. Tina says:

    The dossier portion of the interview began with McCabe being asked if he thought the dossier met the standard of credibility the FBI required to open an investigation. McCabe said he believed it did. He said on more than one occasion that the FBI had worked hard to verify the dossier, telling lawmakers that the FBI had at one point sent investigators to London as part of the effort.

    McCabe was asked to point to anything in the dossier that he knew to be true. McCabe noted that the dossier said, accurately, that the unpaid, low-level Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page visited Moscow in July 2016.

    McCabe’s questioners were not impressed. Page’s Moscow trip was reported in the press at the time it happened; the simple fact that he was in Russia was not a revelation. Lawmakers reminded McCabe that Page’s presence in Moscow was long established and then asked again: Was there anything more in the dossier that McCabe now knows to be true? McCabe, according to sources, said he did not know how to answer the question.”

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-frustrated-lawmakers-pressed-fbis-mccabe-for-answers-on-trump-dossier-they-got-nothing/article/2644225

  16. Tina says:

    I do not know how to answer the question.

    Andy Mccabe.

  17. Bitterlaw says:

    Phil – How is your wife doing? How are you doing?

  18. Phil says:

    It was an unfair question, anyway, Tina.

    I mean, it isn’t of any importance whether there was any truth to the dossier. It’s all about the seriousness of the charge, you see.

  19. Trump says:

    “In Oval Office meeting, Trump raged about immigrants coming into the country, according to officials. Haitians? They “all have AIDS,” he snapped. Nigerians? After seeing America, they won’t want to “go back to their huts.”

    How is this anything but positive for Trump, cretin Robbie?

    Do you know what Trump voters call Haitian and Nigerian immigrants?

  20. mnw says:

    The seriousness of the charge. Exactly.

    Plus, fake… but accurate. Both can be true.

  21. Phil says:

    My wife is not doing particularly well of late, Bitter. We have run out of effective treatments, but we knew that day would come. Still, she has a very good attitude and is really a strong lady. We really enjoy the good days even as there are fewer and fewer of them.

    Congrats on the new gig, BTW.

  22. mnw says:

    Kudlow (hearts) new tax law.

    That means something to me. I’ve always admired his analysis. (Plus he beat the bottle, so maybe I will.)

  23. mnw says:

    Phil

    Sorry to hear that. Prayers up.

  24. Trump says:

    Does anyone now recall the “boost” that Trump gave to Heidi Heidtkemp as part of tax refor push?

    Does anyone understand the trap he put her, and other Dems in Trump states, in?

    Here it is:

    “There’s some good in this bill. I acknowledge that,” Manchin said, when West Virginia radio talk show host Hoppy Kercheval asked the senator why he opposed legislation that will benefit the “vast majority” of taxpayers and businesses in the state. “The things that you mention are correct. Initially people will benefit and see some changes in their taxes,” Manchin admitted…At times, it appeared that Manchin was wrestling with his answers, trying to justify his “no” vote without being too critical, and antagonizing Trump.”

    Now these morons will be running against people’s bigger paychecks.

  25. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    The troll is trying to earn his Christmas bonus.

  26. Tina says:

    Sorry to hear that, Phil.

  27. Trump says:

    Here’s Heidi’s trap:

    “The move puzzled Republicans, who wondered why Trump was giving a boost to one of their principal targets in the 2018 midterm elections. But then came the moment that Heitkamp must now regret. As he made his case for the tax bill, Trump turned to her and said, “Are you listening, Heidi?” And then he added this blunt message: “Do your job to deliver for America or find a new job.”

    Heitkamp did not deliver, nor did the four other Senate Democrats running for reelection in states Trump won by double digits.”

  28. MikeP says:

    Merry Christmas,y’ll

  29. Trump says:

    ” Mitch McConnell ‘warming up’ to Trump’s Twitter habit: ‘I haven’t been a fan until this week.’

    McTurtle is slower than his namesake.

  30. mnw says:

    Heitkamp did indeed strongly oppose the tax bill. But she can be scorched on so many other things— judges; Obamacare: abortion. She’s a target rich environment.

  31. mnw says:

    I am a born again McConnell fan. I think the Book of Job is the proper paradigm for his last 12 months.

    I’m hoping some of the GOPe in Congress are now asking themselves, “I wonder what might happen if we continue to work with Trump? Hmmm.”

  32. Tina says:

    Hopefulky, trump and the rs reealize that they are strong together than apart. Bopefully, their relationship improves even more.

  33. mnw says:

    Tina

    Nothing succeeds like success. It is kind of eye opening what happens when everybody points the same way for once. It’s almost like… there’s a GOP majority, or something.

  34. Chicon says:

    Poster Trump and mnw – agree about McConnell. Maybe he’s late to the party, but now that he’s here I’m glad to have him. I admire people who are willing to reexamine their positions when facts warrant. Maybe he’ll help Trump avoid some Senate crackpot candidates.

  35. Trump says:

    McConnell should stay away from Senate races.

    GOP leadership is not popular. Among GOP voters. (That’s how you got Trump.)

  36. Trump says:

    As I have been saying, the antics of Flake, McCain and Corker keep hurting candidates like Strange.

  37. Trump says:

    Now the moron realizes:

    “Sen. Bob Corker says he told Trump he now understands what unfair treatment by the media feels like

    Stopping short of using Trump’s “fake news” battle cry, the Tennessee Republican says he now “understands the problem.”
    Corker has been defending himself against accusations that he changed his vote on GOP tax reform because of a late add-on that benefited him personally.
    He says he changed his mind and voted for the bill because he felt the nation would be better off with the pro-growth aspects of the measure.”

  38. Chicon says:

    Mnw – I wish you the absolute best of luck with the battle of bottle should you decide to go that route.

    If you’re interested, check out a psychologist named Prochaska (sp?), who writes about the stages of change. Matches well with things like smoking and drinking. Anyway, have a Merry Christmas!

  39. Chicon says:

    35 – fair point, but he can help give some balance without being out in front of the cameras.

  40. Chicon says:

    Bitter – congrats on the change. I hope it goes well. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to Mrs. (less) Bitter.

  41. Chicon says:

    Happy Holidays also the NYCMike, Jason, Walt and Cow, Phil and Wes (and everyone I’m forgetting). You guys are fun to read.

  42. Chicon says:

    Robbie, Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the liberals (just a playful jab there).

  43. Bitterlaw says:

    Phil – I am sorry to hear that. Politics is irrelevant when dealing with things that really matter. Your wife is a fighter. Attitude matters. Treasure the good days.

  44. Chicon says:

    One more….Happy Holidays to MD, who has almost certainly at least visited the site this year.

  45. Bitterlaw says:

    Thanks for all the well-wishes. We’ll see how it goes.

  46. Chicon says:

    More holiday wishes – Tina and DW!

  47. Tina says:

    Happy holidays, chicon thanks.

  48. mnw says:

    Chicon

    I joked a little.

    Right now my focus is on this really life-changing knee replacement convalescence—life changing in the sense of discomfort; boredom; 5 weeks if enforced nothingness, etc. Painful exercises.

  49. Chicon says:

    Lol, sorry mnw! Good luck with the knee deal.

  50. Tina says:

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/23/breaking-andrew-mccabe-reportedly-plans-to-retire-from-fbi-early-next-year/?utm_content=bufferbec2c&utm_medium=social&utm_so

    Breaking, mccabe plans to retire early next year. This makes sense since he is a career fed employee. With the increase for 2018,his average 3 year income calculation for pension purposes will increase.

  51. Tina says:

    Trump scorches mccabe and leaking comedy.

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?
    12:27 PM · Dec 23, 2017

  52. Tina says:

    onald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    38m
    Wow, “FBI lawyer James Baker reassigned,” according to @FoxNews.
    4.4K
    3.6K
    11.9K
    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    40m
    FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!

    Whoops, meant to oost this ine

  53. mnw says:

    Tina

    Probably not, since he’s topped out.

  54. Tina says:

    ikes
    Donald J. Trump’s Tweets
    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    39m
    Wow, “FBI lawyer James Baker reassigned,” according to @FoxNews.

  55. Tina says:

    I throw shade on this, the ahole is not even 50 and wants a full pension? Wtf.

  56. mnw says:

    Tina

    No racing to it. They can haul him up on professional misconduct charges AFTER he retires, just as easily as before. That’s happened plenty of times.

  57. mnw says:

    Tina

    I despair. I’m letting it go.

  58. Tina says:

    Yeah that is true, mnw, i was just thinking he was older like late 50s. I was thinking he was under a gs position, forgetting that he hilds an ses position,

  59. Tina says:

    Probably, he uses a lot of leave now.

    However, he is fired for all practical purposes

  60. Tina says:

    https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2017-12-01%20CEG%20to%20DOJ%20(McCabe%20Hatch%20Act%20Emails).pdf

    This is a force out of mccabe. Told to do an early retirememt or be fired due toma hatch act violation along with the other malfeasance.

  61. jason says:

    MSM Headline at Yahoo:

    Former Trump campaign manager accused of sexual harassment
    AFP AFP 11 hours ago”

    It doesn’t even give his name!

    The only name on the headline is Trump’s.

    When you think they have reached a new low, they go lower.

  62. jason says:

    Ravens admit what everyone knew. Disrespecting the flag hurt ticket sales.

    “The Ravens sold out every single home game since arriving in Baltimore in 1996. But by last month they were scrambling to (re)sell, or in some cases, give away as many of the returned tickets as possible. You can’t blame it on poor performance by the team, so this week the Ravens’ president, Dick Cass, came out and said what everyone had already known: his players’ National Anthem protest stunt in London earlier this season simply drove too many people away. (Baltimore Sun)”

  63. Tina says:

    Adam Schiff
    Adam Schiff
    @RepAdamSchiff
    FBI would set a dangerous precedent if it forced out dedicated career public servants in capitulation to Trump and WH pressure. President has already removed one top FBI leader — Comey — over Russia; McCabe would be another.

    Lol, leaker schiff for brains.

  64. lisab says:

    MSM Headline at Yahoo:

    Former Trump campaign manager accused of sexual harassment
    AFP AFP 11 hours ago”
    ——————-

    don’t care, got tax cut!

  65. Cash Cow TM says:

    I know this is a few hours early, but I feel I needed to post it now on 12/23….

    ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE (HHR) CHRISTMAS

    ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, when on Walt’s computer,
    Not a creature was stirring not even friend ‘Scooter’ [boy];
    Thoughtful posts were hung by the chimney with care,
    In hopes that Dave Wissing soon would be there;
    The “Hedgehoggers” were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While visions of new threads danced in their heads;
    And Cash Cow on the recliner, massaging her bag,
    Just musing why MD went off of a jag.

    When on my computer there arose such a clatter,
    I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
    Away to the laptop I flew like a flash,
    Tore open the laptop and summoned Cow Cash
    When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
    But ProudObamaCon with DJT on a spear,
    With pilot Robbie as driver, so gloomy and sick,
    And Tina was chasing him, with a big pointed stick.

    More rapid than eagles Robbie’s coursers they came,
    And Robbie–he shouted, and called them by name;
    “Now, WaPo! now, Mueller! now, MSM and Schumer!
    On, Pilosi! on Scandal! on Innuendo and Rumor!
    To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
    Trash Trump away! Trump away! Trump away all!”
    Then in this moment, just before dawn,
    I yelled at these goofs, “GET THE HELL OF MY LAWN!”
    So up to the house-top the coursers and pilot flew,
    With a sleigh full of insults, and ObamaCon, too.

    And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
    The prancing and squawks of each far leftist hoof.
    Bitter put on his sweater, and loaded his gun
    “Shooting down these lib’rals, sure will be fun!”
    Jason jumped from his bed, on his face scraps of scrapple,
    He raced to his laptop and chugged down his Snapple.
    Wes ceased pushing pins, in his Bush voodoo doll,
    He too must respond, to the left-wingers gall.

    O-Con’s tongue – shooting daggers! His insults—unmerry!
    He just made no sense, like ex-DC mayor Berry!
    His droll little mouth was drawn up in a scowl,
    His appearance quite scary, it frightened Cash Cow!
    The stump of a cr.ack pipe he held tight in his teeth,
    He had no sense in his brain, or atop or beneath;
    Soon all Hoggers were upon POC piling on–
    MG, SDC, Phil, mnw, NYCMike and Chicon.

    Of POC’s anti-Trump tirade, they shot down each claim,
    No matter how silly, no matter how lame.
    A bundle of insults POC hurled at the screen,
    More Anti-Trump nonsense, and some most obscene.
    POC’s charges spewed forth, but he staggered and shook;
    when Poster Trump landed, a demeaning right hook.
    Robbie–out of his element, like a squirrel eating kelp,
    No other trolls came, to give Robbie some help.

    The battle raged on ‘tween the pro- & anti-Trump nuts,
    The fighting was fierce, filled with lots of “ifs ands and buts”;
    lisab added some retorts, some jabs and some pokes,
    The pilot and O-Con, they just looked like jokes.
    POC stuck his finger up inside of his nose,
    Flicked off a booger and up the chimney he rose;
    He sprang to his sleigh, to Robbie’s team gave a yell
    and told all the Hedgehoggers to “Go straight to hell.”

    And I heard them exclaim, ere they drove out of sight,
    “When Trump’s driven from office, it will be a good-night.”

  66. Bitterlaw says:

    I wish the Eagles had trouble selling seats. I would love to have playoff tickets.

  67. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Mexico has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. To buy a gun in Mexico requires:

    “At least six separate documents are required to buy a gun: a birth certificate, a letter confirming employment, proof of a clean criminal record from the attorney general’s office in the applicant’s home state, a utility bill with current address, a copy of a government-issued ID and a federal social security number.
    Gun owners must register every weapon they have, and people say it’s nearly impossible to secure a concealed carry permit, something that’s allowed in the majority of U.S. states.”

    The murder rate in Mexico 18.7 per 100,000.

    The murder rate in U.S. 5 per 100,00.

    Broke down by demographics in the U.S the murder rate is 17.5 per 100,000 among African-Americans, and 2.64 per 100,000 among Anglo-Americans.

    Interesting that both Mexico and the U.S. African-American community are plagued by gangs and narcotics; and have similar murder rates.

    Perhaps gun control is ineffective, and the effective solution is strong law enforcement efforts against gangs and narcotics?

  68. mnw says:

    Tina

    No offense. I just thought we were wading into deep weeds.

  69. jason says:

    Walt, what did you used to do on Xmas eves before there was Xmas?

  70. jason says:

    SanDiego, the gun control crowd doesn’t give a damm about “gun violence”. If they did, they would go after the criminals that perpetrate most of the “gun violence”.

    Their want to deny 2nd amendment rights to tens of millions of law abiding gun owners because it bothers them that we have this freedom.

    So statistics don’t matter. Facts don’t matter. It’s about ideology.

  71. mnw says:

    I suspect we’ve all noticed that California is excellent when it comes to virtue signaling and ideological plumage, and wretched when it comes to addressing the real world needs of those trapped living there.

    LAT has a great story right now about “parking lot people”— people with full time jobs who live in their cars because there’s no affordable housing. Hello, California! Shake hands with Unintended Consequences!

  72. Bitterlaw says:

    Walt has celebrated every holiday since the universe began.

  73. Mr.Vito says:

    “Walt, what did you used to do on Xmas eves before there was Xmas?”

    He ran a locust and wild honey stand.

  74. Robbie says:

    Gabriel Malor
    ?@gabrielmalor

    McCabe put in twenty years of dedicated service at the FBI. It’s quite sad to see Trump’s idiot followers denigrate him and his career. Unthinking sheep.

  75. Robbie says:

    Bitterlaw says:
    December 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm
    I’m treating Jason the way he’s always treated me. If he can manipulate my views on everything, then turnabout is fair play.
    Robbie adopts the classic “I’m rubber. you’re glue” tactic.

    – That’s the way the game is played here now. Just accepting what’s been the case for a long, long time.

  76. Robbie says:

    Tina says:
    December 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm
    Schweikart says to look at the voter registration numbers. Rs increased significantly in 12 states. This includes florida and pa and az.

    – Who could possibly doubt the vote counting skills of Larry Schweikart. I mean he accurately used registration and early vote data to call Ohio for Romney in 2012 days before the election, right?

  77. Robbie says:

    SanDiegoCitizen says:
    December 23, 2017 at 2:11 pm
    The troll is trying to earn his Christmas bonus.

    – Interesting how Mr. “but Rasmussen” defines a troll these days. I’m a life long conservative and registered Republican who has posted in this forum since 2004 and consistently advocated for credible conservative candidates who can actually win.

    On the other hand, SDC isn’t even a Republican. Yet, somehow he’s the pure as snow commenter defending Trump and I’m the troll.

    Sometimes, the world is just upside down.

  78. mnw says:

    Wobbles

    U r the operational definition of a troll!

    They made you first, before the die cast.

  79. Robbie says:

    Chicon says:
    December 23, 2017 at 2:39 pm
    Poster Trump and mnw – agree about McConnell. Maybe he’s late to the party, but now that he’s here I’m glad to have him. I admire people who are willing to reexamine their positions when facts warrant. Maybe he’ll help Trump avoid some Senate crackpot candidates.

    – Spare me. McConnell isn’t warming to Trump’s erratic behavior on Twitter (see his idiotic tweets this afternoon). He was happy with Trump this week because of one tweet.

    Donald J. Trump
    ?@realDonaldTrump

    I would like to congratulate @SenateMajLdr on having done a fantastic job both strategically & politically on the passing in the Senate of the MASSIVE TAX CUT & Reform Bill. I could have not asked for a better or more talented partner. Our team will go onto many more VICTORIES!

    Also, Trump indicated he would side with McConnell when it comes to supporting sane candidates. Of course, then the Dingbat in Chief flew down to Florida and met with Chemtrail Kelli Ward.

    McConnell’s not warming up to Trump’s tweets. Stop fooling yourselves.

  80. Robbie says:

    Chicon says:
    December 23, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    Robbie, Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the liberals (just a playful jab there).

    – Same to you.

  81. Tina says:

    Who could possibly doubt the vote gathering skills of the jebot and lord arsehat.

  82. Tina says:

    All of this fbi bashing is so un republican and so one sided.

    Jebot

  83. Tina says:

    Mitchie is probab ly warming up to his bubble bath and his pedi.

  84. Tina says:

    View image on Twitter
    View image on Twitter

    Benjamin Wittes
    ?
    @benjaminwittes
    The President is impugning the integrity of the FBI by attacking two honorable public servants: Jim Baker and Andy McCabe. I just donated $1,000 to the @FBIAgentsAssoc in their names. I urge others to give as well and tweet that you did so to #thanksFBI. https://fbiaa.org/ways-to-donate
    1:05 PM – Dec 23, 2017

    It is clear thwt wittles, comedys sock pupoet is triggered. Wittles was the recipient of a leak. Comedy admitted to stealing gubment documents and giving them to wittles.

  85. Robbie says:

    mnw says:
    December 23, 2017 at 7:38 pm
    Wobbles
    U r the operational definition of a troll!
    They made you first, before the die cast.

    – Keep telling yourself fairy tales long enough, mnw, and you’ll believe them I guess. I’ll stack my conservative values and Republican credentials against your Trump shilling ones any day.

    But I do find it interesting how you and some of the other Trump shills here define a troll. Apparently, it’s anyone who doesn’t offer total subservience to him as you do. Well if objecting to Trump’s douchiness makes me a troll in your eyes, I’m more than fine with that.

    I would be embarrassed with myself and view myself as soulless if I spent day after day excusing and cheering on Trump’s erratic, embarrassing, and boorish behavior. And oh by the way, trumper, the public clearly HATES what you defend ever day because Trump’s approval, despite a very good economy, is in the toilet.

  86. Tina says:

    The Deputy FBI Director is under three federal investigation and is also being investigated by the Office of U.S. Counsel violating the Hatch Act according to a new report by Circa News.

    The Hatch Act prohibits FBI agents from campaigning in partisan races. Photos of McCabe campaigning for his wife raised questions about McCabe’s compliance with the law.

    Dirty cop

  87. Robbie says:

    Tina says:
    December 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm
    Who could possibly doubt the vote gathering skills of the jebot and lord arsehat.

    – I’ll take their views over your collection of morons like Cernovich, Posobiec, Nolte, Cardillo, and Gateway Pundit any day.

  88. Robbie says:

    Tina says:
    December 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm
    Mitchie is probab ly warming up to his bubble bath and his pedi.

    – Is that the best you’ve got? There’d be no Neil Gorsuch, no tax reform, and no repeal of the mandate if it weren’t for Mitch McConnell. But by all means, tell yourself he’s the problem and not the guy with a 38.5% approval rating in the RCP average today.

  89. Tina says:

    http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/5689772999001/

    Breaking, house to probe how the dossier was funded.

  90. Robbie says:

    Tina says:
    December 23, 2017 at 7:50 pm
    The Deputy FBI Director is under three federal investigation and is also being investigated by the Office of U.S. Counsel violating the Hatch Act according to a new report by Circa News.
    The Hatch Act prohibits FBI agents from campaigning in partisan races. Photos of McCabe campaigning for his wife raised questions about McCabe’s compliance with the law.
    Dirty cop

    – You know who else ran afoul of the Hatch Act this year? Kellyanne Conway and Nikki Haley. Will you be using this forum to smear them with propaganda from your craplord sources too?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kellyanne-conway-violated-the-hatch-act-will-she-be-charged/2017/11/27/361f2170-d3bb-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html

    https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/03/nikki-haley-hatch-act-trump-retweet-243415

  91. Robbie says:

    It’s been a week since the legal experts at HHR (Tina, lisab, others) declared that Mueller violated the law when he acquired the Trump transition emails.

    Surely by now, Trump’s lawyers have filed suit in court, right?

  92. Tina says:

    The gig is up. That is an ominous tweet from trump about mccabe rushing to retirement.

    The ig will turn over 1.5 million documents to the doj and to the house committee. Sessions will then have several options at his disposal.

    Perp walks, for example.

    Mulehead is sidelined effectively.

  93. Tina says:

    The wild card is priestap. He may have flipped and turned against comedy, mccabe, sjw, unweissman, baker, pete the cheat, and the mistress.

  94. mnw says:

    The nice thing about Wobbles is u can skip his posts.

    For illustrative purposes, I would be a troll if I went over to Daily KOS and spent great chunks of my pathetic wittle basement-dwelling life throwing rocks at the regular posters over there.

    Now, WHY would I want to do that anyway? To hit mah fair share of abuuuse?

    Because I thought I could change the KOS Kids, minds? Because I always wanted to be a thread pig?

    Why, Wobbles?

  95. mnw says:

    sb “git mah fair”

  96. Robbie says:

    Tina says:
    December 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm
    The gig is up. That is an ominous tweet from trump about mccabe rushing to retirement.

    Mulehead is sidelined effectively.

    – Yes, Manafort, Gates, Flynn, and Papadopolous can all attest to the fact that Mueller has been sidelined. Those indictments and guilty pleas were all just make believe.

    And I’m sure Jared Kushner feels the same as Mueller and federal prosecutors in NYC subpoena more and more of his financial documents.

  97. Robbie says:

    mnw says:
    December 23, 2017 at 8:01 pm
    The nice thing about Wobbles is u can skip his posts.
    For illustrative purposes, I would be a troll if I went over to Daily KOS and spent great chunks of my pathetic wittle basement-dwelling life throwing rocks at the regular posters over there.
    Now, WHY would I want to do that anyway? To hit mah fair share of abuuuse?
    Because I thought I could change the KOS Kids, minds? Because I always wanted to be a thread pig?
    Why, Wobbles?

    – Hey, Trump shill. I’ve been here since 2004 supporting Republican candidates not named Donald Trump. Check the archives, clown.

    Still, I really find it amusing you know define a troll as being anyone who is not a reflexive Trump supporter no matter what he does.

    I’m going to continue to support conservative Republicans not named Trump and I’m going to be the one five years from now who looks good for it.

  98. Tina says:

    If you recall in march congressional testimony, priestap is referred to by title onky, director of counterintelligence. Comedy admitted in testimony that priestap told him not to tell congress, the gang of 8,of any counterintelligence matter, ie against the Republican Presidential candidate, trump.

    Ie Wiretapping.

    Priestap has been silent and not with mccabe at the last hearing. Mccabe and the demote, ex general counsel, baker was with mccabe.

  99. Robbie says:

    Also, mnw.

    I’m not here to change your mind. I’m here to mock you for falling for Trump’s con man routine and spending your time defending his erratic and abhorrent behavior that the vast majority of the public has deemed unacceptable.

  100. Robbie says:

    Still looking for the answer.

    Has Trump filed suit to prevent Mueller from using the emails he obtained from the GSA? The legal scholars here said Mueller clearly violated the law.

    Or have the Trumpers moved on to another topic as they did after they tried to make Uranium One a thing and it didn’t work with the public.

  101. Tina says:

    If we f flynn, we f trump.

    I cannot cerify anything in the dossier, but I still stand by it.

    Mccabe, running to retirement.

  102. Robbie says:

    Ronald Brownstein?
    @RonBrownstein

    People have wondered: can Trump approval rating remain at 40% or less even w/economy performing so well? This story, and Trump’s own tweets on FBI today, are why the answer is: yes they can. He faces a harsh personal judgment from many voters that is disconnected from conditions

  103. mnw says:

    “since the legal experts at HHR” etc.

    How come you omit the actual attorneys, Wobbles?

    And YOU received YOUR legal training…? Remind us again?

  104. Chicon says:

    101 – does Trump have standing to sue in the issue you’re discussing?

  105. Tina says:

    http://amp.dailycaller.com/2017/12/23/mother-jones-reporter-addresses-links-to-fbis-top-lawyer/

    Breaking.

    Baker, general counsel, dossier, corn. Corn and baker know each other.

    Omg. This is just getting wirse and worse for thise fbi senior peeps involved.

  106. mnw says:

    Query: Is it possible to make a living “coming here to mock” posters on a message board?

    Good health coverage? How many weeks of paid vacation, Wobbles?

  107. Tina says:

    Lets out it this wqy, baker was demoted for a reason, even though corn, who has an adversion to the truth, says it is not true.

  108. Cash Cow TM says:

    “Walt, what did you used to do on Xmas eves before there was Xmas?”
    _____________
    Walt said he used to wrestle woolly mammoths and saber tooth tigers that wondered onto his lawn.
    **************
    Walt also said some other bad words in response to the comment above.

  109. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    107. “Corn and baker know each other.”

    This sounds like a cooking show.

  110. Hugh says:

    I am not sure how trump ends up with these investigations but I am pretty sure the corrupt leadership at the fbi and doj will be gone fairly soon. Being smart law enforcement guys with friends I see them moving on versus getting in real legal trouble.

  111. mnw says:

    One of Mueller’s gifts to the nation is the diminishment of the FBI’s good reputation.

    From now on, at least at the HQ level, it will be viewed as just about as nonpartisan and truthful as CNN.

  112. Tina says:

    Mukehead is the gift that keeps on giving.

  113. Bitterlaw says:

    Why is it good to diminish the FBI? Only criminals would cheer for that.

  114. Chicon says:

    Bitter – IF the top people of the FBI were used willingly to try to affect the outcome of an election or to discredit a new President, that’s not cool in my book.

    Note the use of Rudyard Kipling’s favorite word….if…..

  115. Tina says:

    The fbi is bigger than the garbage that headed it, the garbage that illegally wiretapped, and the garbage thatt lied about muh russian.

    It will survive and be better.

    Gubment has to be clean.

  116. Hugh says:

    115. Because they lost their way and need to learn a lesson.

  117. Tina says:

    Bettwr question why did mccqbe, comedy, et.al diminish the fbi?

  118. Bitterlaw says:

    While the FBI learns a lesson, I hope that thre 99.999% of the agents who have nothing to do with Trump or Clinton are doing their job nailing criminals and terrorists. Bust any wrongdoers in the FBI.

  119. Hugh says:

    121. Me too. And I hope they are even more disgusted then me in their leadership

  120. lisab says:

    There’d be no Neil Gorsuch, no tax reform, and no repeal of the mandate if it weren’t for Mitch McConnell.
    ————————

    but … but … i thought trump was responsible for all legislation …

    that must mean it is mcconnell’s fault that obamacare was not repealed and there is no wall …

    great news …

  121. dblaikie says:

    Merry Christmas to all, Phil your wife is in our prayers, bitter congrats on the new opportunity.

  122. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    California may now be moving towards recession:

    “A new report from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, however, hints that the downturn may have already started.

    The BEA releases state-by-state economic data each quarter and its reports for the first and second quarters of 2017 are not good news for California.

    Last year was a very good one for the state’s economy. The 3.3 percent gain in economic output in 2016 was more than double that of the nation as a whole and one of the highest of any state.

    However, California stumbled during the first half of 2017. California’s increase was an anemic six tenths of one percent in the first quarter compared to the same period of 2016, and 2.1 percent in the second quarter, well below the national rate and ranking 35th in the nation.

    The report revealed that almost every one of California’s major sectors fell behind national trends in the second quarter, with the most conspicuous laggard being manufacturing.

    The only big California sector showing robust health was “information,” reflecting the unfortunate truism that the Silicon Valley-centered technology industry continues to prop up an otherwise lackluster overall economy.”

    Not being able to write off California’s high taxes is going to hurt the economy further, as are California’s increased gasoline prices, and growing regulatory burden. Its not going to be pretty. Luckily, Governor Brown has no need to worry about California’s economy; he is rarely here since he is traveling the world in his quest to save the planet.

  123. mnw says:

    SDC

    Did you see the LAT article about “parking lot residents”? People with full time jobs living in their cars or SUVs, because they can’t find affordable housing in CA urban areas.

    Also, it appears we have two presidents now—Trump & Gov. Brown. The guv seems to have modified federal immigration laws all by himself! I refer to the story about Brown pardoning convicted criminals in order to save* them from deportation.

    *may be a very temporary “save”

  124. MichiganGuy says:

    * Breaking News *

    North Korea threatens to shoot down Santa’s sled if, he enters their airspace. NORAD is tracking Santa.

    https://www.noradsanta.org/

  125. Tgca says:

    Merry Christmas Eve all.

    Tonight’s the big night. Remember, Santa only comes once a year. ..And he’s gonna be checking if you’ve been naughty or nice.

  126. Ameister says:

    Merry Christmas to all!

  127. Robbie says:

    Charlie Dent is on the mark. Just look at this forum. If you speak against the Dear Leader, you’re labeled as a troll.

    Will Saletan
    @saletan

    GOP Rep. Charlie Dent on ABC: “Before Donald Trump became president, the litmus test for Republicans was … ideological purity and conformity. Now the litmus test has changed. The issue is loyalty to the man.”

  128. Robbie says:

    mnw says:
    December 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    “since the legal experts at HHR” etc.
    How come you omit the actual attorneys, Wobbles?
    And YOU received YOUR legal training…? Remind us again?

    – Where’s the lawsuit by Trump’s legal team if the facts are clear Mueller and the GSA violated the law?

    Again, the fact they did nothing but send a letter to Congress tells you all you need to know.

  129. Robbie says:

    mnw says:
    December 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm
    Query: Is it possible to make a living “coming here to mock” posters on a message board?
    Good health coverage? How many weeks of paid vacation, Wobbles?

    – Is it possible to make a living shilling for Trump and attacking those who don’t show loyalty to him?

  130. Robbie says:

    mnw says:
    December 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm
    One of Mueller’s gifts to the nation is the diminishment of the FBI’s good reputation.
    From now on, at least at the HQ level, it will be viewed as just about as nonpartisan and truthful as CNN.

    – It’s a gift to the nation to diminish the FBI’s reputation? You should be ashamed of yourself for writing this, but I doubt you’re capable of that emotion. Trump loyalists feel obligated to tear down anyone or anything that gets in Dear Leader’s way.

  131. Robbie says:

    Bitterlaw says:
    December 23, 2017 at 9:45 pm
    Why is it good to diminish the FBI? Only criminals would cheer for that.

    – Thank you for expressing some sanity in this forum.

  132. Robbie says:

    Hugh says:
    December 23, 2017 at 10:05 pm
    115. Because they lost their way and need to learn a lesson.

    – According to whom? You? Trump? Sean Hannity? Give me break. You’re willing to attack the FBI because you don’t like the way things have gone for Trump.

    The FBI handed the election to Trump with the way they handled Hillary’s email investigation. Had the FBI determined Hillary did break laws and Comey announced that in his July 5 press conference, the Democrats would have dumped Hillary at the convention and replaced her with Biden.

    On top of that, Comey reopened the email investigation just 10 days before the election and both sides agree that swung the election just enough for Trump to win.

  133. Robbie says:

    Now with that, Merry Christmas to each of you.

  134. mnw says:

    I never meant to imply that I WANTED the FBI’s reputation to be diminished! I meant that the diminishment was one of many unfortunate, unintended consequences of the liberals putting the FBI to work on partisan poloitical projects.

  135. mnw says:

    Hey, troll?

    GFY & your unctuous “X’mas” wishes. Really. FU particularly.

  136. jason says:

    I’ve been here since 2004 supporting Republican candidates not named Donald Trump.”

    Actually no.

    The same sordid campaign he is waging against Trump he waged against Romney.

    No MSM garbage against Romney was too low for Wobbie not to post it here.

    He did the same thing with Rubio, Kasich and every other candidate not named Jeb Bush.

    A really pathetic moron.

  137. jason says:

    d both sides agree that swung the election just enough for Trump to win.”

    Actually, I don’t think either side agrees with this.

    I certainly don’t. I think Hillary would have lost anyway, and if there was any negative impact from the Comey thing it dissipated when Comey “exonerated” her (wrongly) much to the glee of the MSM.

    Hillary lost because she was viewed as dishonest an untrustworthy long before any email issue.

  138. Hugh says:

    135. Both sides what drugs are you on? The unbiased FBI that took months and months to go through 10,000 emails and then was able to go through 50,000 emails in a few days To clear her again?

  139. Hugh says:

    Mnw. I look at this differently. These are very powerful agencies That can easily destroy people’s lives if they choose out of spite or bias. Worse yet they can do it without consequences. The Cost benefit analysis that occurs with private litigation does not occur when dealing with these agencies. And the risk of abuse is very very high. I have seen several of these different agencies do extremely unfair things to people and businesses out of bias. I am OK with the DOJ and FBI being drug through the mud with the hope that it will give these nameless faceless bureaucrats some pause before abusing their power. Better yet result in some legal reforms were people have an opportunity to fight back.

  140. mnw says:

    FYI, trolly

    RE: “mnw is a Trump shill”:

    I opposed him heart & soul until he got the nomination. (I was & am a Scott Walker guy)

    I could easily list 10 things where I disagree with actions Trump has taken or things that he said, but it would be boring. Mostly small things & tactical decisions. So here are a few things, just to show there are some, & a lot more where these came from:

    1) Don’t like his DHS director at all.

    2). Thought he should have stayed out of the AL Senate primary completely.

    3). I think E*Verify is MUCH more important than any other immigration reform, especially including the Wall. He does not, obviously— he rarely mentions E*Verify any more.

    4) I would like to see all of Trump’s relatives (except the First Lady) traded to the Yokohama Whalesharks for a player to be named later.

    5) I would prioritize “infrastructure” way below everything else, & really would like to see him ditch it altogether.

    So that’s 5. I assure u I could easily list 5 or 10 more.

    “Trump shill”? I guess if you’re as dense as Troll Wobbles, I must be!

  141. mnw says:

    Hugh

    They aren’t faceless to me. They are men and women I worked with.

    I suspect the people/companies you think were abused, I would think, “Great! Hit him again!”, but it all depends on the individual facts, obviously.

    There is a complete disconnect, as far as I can tell, between Mueller & Main Justice on the one hand, & the working agents out in the boonies on the other.

    I regarded the respect the FBI enjoyed pre-Mueller as a national asset. Zero & his liberal allies killed that.

  142. mnw says:

    Hey, MD!

    Merry Christmas! And you passed the test, btw.

  143. MD says:

    OK, one post from me as a Christmas present to all of you. I am going to summarize my thoughts:

    1. It is starting to become clear that Trump did not collude directly with Russia. Manafort definitely had shady dealings with Russia but that was a coincidence. The real issues are as follows:

    Trump is his own worst enemy. Spouting off at the mouth about how he believes Putin only reinforces other peoples beliefs.

    The real dopes in this were Don Jr. and Jared. Maybe add Flynn to the list but I put him under Jared. Don Jr. is the type of privileged kid who has never had to admit to a F up. So, he thinks whatever he does is fine. It isn’t but he has never learned that lesson. Jared believes he is a genius and he probably isn’t stupid on the real estate front. However, and Bannon (who I despise and honestly believe is killing the GOP), has it right about Jared. He wasn’t emotionally mature enough to be involved in this. He took meetings he never should have taken and his encouragement to fire Comey was an amazing f up. Flynn is clearly giving up Jared now. Yes, Trump can pardon him but damage down and the NY AG can file state charges.

    In the end, I think Jared did, unknowingly in some cases, commit crimes. However, the failure to disclose was willful.

    The case for obstruction is much stronger. Always the cover up! However, even with CM’s it is a he said, he said thing.

    In the end, if the country wants Trump out, they will have to vote him out. Even if the Dems control the House and Senate, they will most likely not get 67 to convict.

    It is fairly incredible that control of the Senate is even in question for the R’s at this point. Yet it is and they should be blaming Bannon who is intent on killing the GOP. His own words are evidence enough.

    As for the House, the GOP is in serious trouble. Could they retain? Sure, anything is possible but there are only so many inside straights on the draw that happen over a given period of time. 1 absolutely happened (and I was clearly, totally wrong). However, it is highly unlikely another will happen. The R lead is not that large.

    As for Moore, that was a gift to the D’s from Bannon and, to a lessor extent, Trump. He really should have just stayed out of it after Luther. Again, advice from Bannon hurts. Bannon now says he will primary everyone except Ted Cruz. That along, could put that seat into play. Trump took TX by 9, Romney won it by 16%. Something is going on down there. Yes, the AL seat will revert to the R’s in 20 but the map looks better for the D’s that year.

    Ultimately, it is my belief that the GOP will rue the day Trump was elected. Yes, the GOP has won most of the specials (except for one in the deepest red state but there were other issues involved) but their victories were by double digits less than the last election except for GA.

    As long as Bannon and Trump are running the GOP, I will have nothing to do with the GOP and will vote accordingly. There are many more like me than people want to believe. I think we will all see that in Nov of 18.

    Merry Christmas to everyone! Now, I go back into radio silence for HHR (I haven’t even looked at a thread before today) until further notice.

  144. Tina says:

    merry Christmas, Md. Have a great new year too.

  145. Tina says:

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    .@FoxNews-FBI’s Andrew McCabe, “in addition to his wife getting all of this money from M (Clinton Puppet), he was using, allegedly, his FBI Official Email Account to promote her campaign. You obviously cannot do this. These were the people who were investigating Hillary Clinton.”
    4:25 AM · Dec 24, 2017

    The Ig likely found a lot of corrupt ac5s by mccabe as well as apparent Hatch Act Violations.

    He will be shown the door quickly, if not quickly fired.

  146. Tina says:

    Keep an eye out for the tweets.

    Look up the Hatch Act.

    Big ugly.

  147. jason says:

    MD have a great Xmas too, and thanks for the analysis.

    I don’t agree with it because there is a bigger picture here. Nothing good will happen from a Dem controlled house and senate, it’s not all about Trump.

    But it was great to hear from you, all the best for 2018.

  148. lisab says:

    And some wonder why I am dubious Trump can maintain message discipline after the successful passage of tax cuts.

    Peter Baker?
    @peterbakernyt

    In Oval Office meeting, Trump raged about immigrants coming into the country, according to officials. Haitians? They “all have AIDS,” he snapped. Nigerians? After seeing America, they won’t want to “go back to their huts.”
    —————————————————–

    gee, the nyt reporter just making stuff up … what a surprise …

    trump was not in washington

    and had he really said that it would have been on the front page of every newspaper and the only story on the networks

  149. jason says:

    McConnell’s not warming up to Trump’s tweets. Stop fooling yourselves.”

    Well, he said he is.

    And Corker has also now understood the MSM is not his friend, and said as much to Trump.

  150. Phil says:

    Have a good Christmas and a happy new year, MD. It was good to hear from you.

  151. MichiganGuy says:

    MD says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    OK, one post from me as a Christmas present to all of you.
    ————————————————————————–
    wow, gee thanks. Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you. Oh, and Merry Christmas to you. 🙂

  152. Tina says:

    Here is mccabes email mentioning his wifes candidacy and he solicits money. Scroll down oast the judicial watch doc request.

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/JW-v-DOJ-McCabe-2-production-01494.pdf?V=1

  153. Tina says:

    MCCabe is screwed. Hatch act.

    Gubment computer used.

  154. jason says:

    As long as Bannon and Trump are running the GOP,”

    I quit the party because I felt that the party, in electing Trump, no longer supported some of the ideals that attracted me to it.

    But Bannon is no longer in government and his influence on Trump is overrated, Trump endorsed Strange, not Moore.

    Bannon’s objective of punishing the establishment by running deadenders who will lose to liberal Democrats in not in Trump’s interest.

    So I don’t lump Bannon and Trump together.

  155. lisab says:

    ““Before Donald Trump became president, the litmus test for Republicans was … ideological purity and conformity. ” robbie

    but wait … i thought purity was a deadender trait …

  156. Tina says:

    Tis is one sided

    The rs are bashing the fbi.

    Criminals must love this

    Jebot

  157. lisab says:

    why bash state police who were actively inserting themselves in our eletion?

    because the state police were actively inserting themselves in our eletion

  158. Bitterlaw says:

    I like Christmas Eve more than Christmas. Deal with it.

  159. lisab says:

    twitter is now publishing the names, amount and location of every person who donates to trump

    Every Trump Donor
    ?

    @EveryTrumpDonor
    2h2 hours ago
    More
    I’m Joseph Seales. On 2/22/17 I gave $250 to @realDonaldTrump. I live in Opelika, AL. I work as a CEO at Right Side Broadcasting.

  160. lisab says:

    I like Christmas Eve more than Christmas.
    ———————————————

    why do you hate america bitterlaw?

  161. lisab says:

    France Deploys 100,000 Soldiers and Police Officers for the Holidays (But everything’s just fine)

  162. lisab says:

    Democrats upset that Indian Nikki Haley checked “white” on voter registration, but cool w/ white Elizabeth Warren calling herself an Indian.

  163. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    135. “On top of that, Comey reopened the email investigation just 10 days before the election and both sides agree that swung the election just enough for Trump to win.”

    That is total rubbish. The massive turnout of blue collar voters for Trump was not related to the Comey E-mails.

    To claim “both sides agree” is total nonsense.

  164. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Increasingly, hearing those who thought Trump would be removed from office because of the Russian investigation, now admitting he will remain in office. They are now focused on predicting doom for the Republicans in the 2018 election.

  165. lisab says:

    “On top of that, Comey reopened the email investigation just 10 days before the election and both sides agree that swung the election just enough for Trump to win.”
    ————————–

    if that is true … then the fbi should be punished

  166. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    The first special election in 2018 will be a seat in Pennsylvania in March. It was held by a Republican, and is a referred to as a Republican leaning district.

  167. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    169. “if that is true … then the fbi should be punished.”

    Maybe they were colluding with the Russians. Need another special prosecutor.

  168. lisab says:

    the fbi, who are our state police, should be invisible in elections, not partisans

  169. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    From Fred Barnes:

    “Economist Steve Moore says Democrats are “trapped.” They’ve declared the Trump bill will cause the taxes of middle-class Americans to increase, not fall as the president claims. We’ll soon know who’s right. The president has ordered that the rates in the new bill will apply to withholding from paychecks starting in February.

    Odds are, the resistance will lose again. With the doubling of the standard deduction from $12,000 to $24,000 for joint filers and the doubling of the tax credit for each child from $1,000 to $2,000, things look good for the middle class. Come February, a lot of paychecks will grow.”

    Add to that the repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate.

  170. Wobbles says:

    What I should of said is that “both sides” meant those that voted for Hillary and those that want to overturn the results of the election.

  171. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    78. “– Interesting how Mr. “but Rasmussen” defines a troll these days. I’m a life long conservative and registered Republican who has posted in this forum since 2004 and consistently advocated for credible conservative candidates who can actually win.

    On the other hand, SDC isn’t even a Republican. Yet, somehow he’s the pure as snow commenter defending Trump and I’m the troll.”

    Sometimes, the world is just upside down.

    “Its even WORSE Robbie. I have never voted for a Bush, and will never do so in the future. Actually voted mostly for Democrats prior to shifting and becoming an independent, and voting for McCain and Romney. A lot of disillusioned former Democrats gave you Trump.
    That should tell you something.

    There is a lot I do not like about Trump (who I did not vote for), but will credit him with draining the swamp. The actions are more important than the words.

  172. jason says:

    Why the “both sides agree Comey cost Hillary the election” is garbage:

    “Failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton keeps blaming FBI Director James Comey for losing to President Donald Trump despite tons of evidence proving her wrong.

    The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) has produced more evidence that contradicts Hillary claims after she, once again, whined that Comey cost her the election. AAPOR wrote:

    Based on Figure 6, it appears that Clinton’s support started to drop on October 24th or 25th. October 28th falls at roughly the midpoint (not the start) of the slide in Clinton’s support. What’s more, the lag between when interviewing was conducted and when tracking poll results are released means that the slide in Clinton’s support probably began earlier than estimates in Figure 6 suggest. For example, the ABC News/Washington Post estimate of a tied race on October 31 was based on interviews conducted October 28-31. The IBD/TIPP estimates are based on interviews conducted during the six days prior to the date shown. Factoring in this lag, it is reasonable to speculate that Clinton’s slide began as early as October 22 or 23. There were no notable campaign events on either of those days, though the announcement that Obamacare premiums will increase occurred roughly around that time (October 25th).

    AAPOR also found this:

    While Figure 6 indicates that Clinton’s lead was eroding before October 28th, it is possible that the FBI letter news story made that erosion more severe than it otherwise would have been. Another way to analyze a possible impact of the first FBI letter is to check whether, all else equal, the trend in support changed following the release of that letter. To test this, we conducted a regression analysis using all national public polls fielded between September 1st and Election Day. This analysis, which controlled for change over time and methodological characteristics of the polls, indicates that the Comey letter had an immediate, negative impact for Clinton on the order of 2 percentage points. The apparent impact did not last, as support for Clinton tended to tick up in the days just prior to the election.”

    The real reason Hillary lost:

    – Many surveys pre-Comey showed Hillary was considered dishonest and untrustworthy by at least 2/3 of the electorate. Yes, Trump’s figures were bad too, or worse, but he represented change.

    – Many Dems were not enthused by Hillary, some were still carrying the torch for Bernie. The enthusiasm gap between Hillary and Trump supporters showed clearly in their rallies.

    – Trump got a huge turnout in the blue collar areas of OH, PA, MI, WI that other R candidates did not get.

    – Although some Rs did not vote for Trump, most of them in the end believed in the binary choice and voted for him despite the misgivings.

    Comey’s letters were probably a wash, you have to remember the MSM ran interference for her and was highly critical of Comey. There was not the huge piling on that follows any negative info about Trump.

    Hillary lost because she was a bad candidate. Not Russia. Not Podesta. Not Comey.

    And Trump won because he struck the right chord in a portion of the electorate key to victory for him. Despite Access Hollywood. Despite “losing the debates”. Despite calling a federal judge a “mexican” and all the other idiocies.

  173. Hugh says:

    Mnw. First I don’t with unethical clients . I have dealt for 35 years with irs agents and never had an issue with their conduct. I didn’t always agree but there was nothing ideological about them. I have also dealt with the dol and they are nothing but ideological. Worse yet if they extract a penalty the agency keeps it then they use it to give bonuses to the agent. Which the dol denies. Many clients do not have the time or means to fight them. They are worse than the most unethical plaintiffs attorney and can bring enforcement mechanisms to beat almost anyone into submission. I have no doubt the vast majority of government workers are well meaning. However I have seen huge abuses. I doubt that you would approve of them. In the private world if you abuse the law you pay. I just want to see similar rules apply to the people in high positions in government. Lois L is still getting her pension. She should be in jail.

  174. Hugh says:

    Don’t deal

  175. jason says:

    The case for obstruction is much stronger. Always the cover up! However, even with CM’s it is a he said, he said thing.”

    No, actually it’s not.

    Cover up of what exactly? If there was no collusion, as you yourself admit, what was Trump trying to obstruct? The investigation doesn’t stop with Comey, so unless Trump actually did something to stop the investigation, of which firing Comey was not, where is the obstruction?

    Comey served at the discretion of the President. Trump never needed a reason or justification to fire him.

  176. lisab says:

    UK: Muslim columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says Christmas is “Islamophobic”

  177. Tina says:

    Rubbish Rottie.

  178. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!!

  179. Cash Cow TM says:

    IT IS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!
    MD STOPPED IN TO POST!
    Much in his long post I can agree with…
    __________________
    Now…

    Cash Cow and Walt wishes everyone a merry and blessed Christmas.

    Walt says lots of times we all face a load of crap that flows our way–much of it undeserved, and we ask “Why me!” And some very big crap comes that we have absolutely no control over. But we must persevere…and stop to think of the many blessings we have in our life.

    We might a times feel helpless…but we must never feel hopeless. Christianity is the religion of hope…personified by the baby Jesus.

    Search for hope..search for ways to make a positive difference in other people’s lives.

    Walt says he wants to wish a Merry Christmas season to Bitter and WVally–the only two Hoggers he knows are real because he has met them–, and to Dave Wissing who must be real because Walt is friends with him on Facebook, and to all the other real and possibly imaginary HHR posters here. Even those who are a little twisted (I will refrain from naming all those who Walt rattled off).

    Remember when you face adversity, Cash Cow says “I’m pulling for ya!”

    Walt says he is too!
    And he hopes everyone gets what they deserve for Christmas.

  180. Tgca says:

    ‘twas the night before Christmas
    and all through the house
    everyone was drunk,as drunk as a louse
    me from the cat house, and mom from the jail
    had just settled down for a nice piece of tail

    …oh forget it, no one will appreciate

  181. mnw says:

    Tina 182

    Fascinating. McCarthy does good work.

  182. janz says:

    It was good to see MD’s analysis in the spirit of how he used to be.

  183. janz says:

    I hope everyone here has a wonderful Christmas tomorrow!

  184. Bitterlaw says:

    I’m sorry that I missed MD’s return.

  185. mnw says:

    Tgca 185

    Medical science baffled: man wakes up with bright orange organ of reproduction!

    Dr.: “Tell me everything you do when you get home from work at night. Don’t leave out ANYTHING.”

    Patient: “I always do the same thing, doc. Lie down on the couch. Open up a bag of Cheetos and turn on the Playboy Channel.”

  186. Bitterlaw says:

    Tgca – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in Newark would be an epic tale.

  187. Big Joe says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! We all have our political differences, but I know we all love our great country and love our families as well. Best wishes to you and yours.

    Big Joe

  188. Bitterlaw says:

    Big Joe – GFY.

    And Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

  189. Big Joe says:

    Right back at ya, Bitter 😀

    Big Joe

  190. DW says:

    Sorry I was out when MD posted. Now if Gary Maxwell will make an appearance.

  191. NYCmike says:

    Merry Christmas to ALL!

    GOD bless us, every one!

  192. Tgca says:

    Mary Christmas all!

    Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

    *snap*

  193. Tgca says:

    *burp*

    Sorry. Too much egg nog.

  194. NYCmike says:

    MD, like Robbie and “CG”, did not mention one policy item which they disagree on with Trump.

    Pathetic.

    I am sure Trump may push some things that I will not be happy with. I hope Congress will be there to help at that time.

    That said, Bush (both), Reagan abd nixon all did things which enlarged government . Trump, so far, has not gone down that path. MD does not mention that whatsoever. Good riddance .

  195. NYCmike says:

    Anyway, everyone get to bed, or else St. Nick won’t visit your home!

  196. Cash Cow TM says:

    NYC,

    I am tracking the whereabouts jolly guy in the beard dressed in red…

    Cow has night shift…

  197. lisab says:

    Phil,

    Have a good Christmas

  198. lisab says:

    merry christmas everyone!

  199. MichiganGuy says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  200. MichiganGuy says:

    NFL Team Says Anthem Protest Has Caused People to Stop Coming to Games

    https://ntknetwork.com/nfl-team-says-anthem-protest-has-caused-people-to-stop-coming-to-games/

  201. Bitterlaw says:

    I saw empty seats at the Jets game while watching it on tv. Of course, there are always empty seats at Jets games near Christmas because they are always out of the playoffs by mid-December.

  202. Cash Cow TM says:

    I fell asleep last night during the night shift.

    lost track of Santy Claws.

    HE CAME!
    Brought 3 bales of clover hay and some bag balm!

    Merry Christmas!

  203. Tgca says:

    It’s a classic Christmas morning in south Florida with sunny blue skies and just barely 77 degrees. Brghhh!!!

  204. Tgca says:

    Oh, and Santa…GFY you POS!

  205. Tgca says:

    I think one of Santa’s elves got lost. Some blonde muscle dude in green shorts and no shirt on just paddle boarded past my backyard. How am I supposed to take my Christmas morning nap with these distractions. Paddle boarding should be illegal!!!

  206. Blobbie says:

    STANDING OVATION and CHEERS for President Trump and First Lady Melania at Christmas Eve Church Service
    ———————————————

    All of those people are souless

    only CG and I are true Christians and CG is Jewish!

  207. Diamond Jim says:

    Thread’s dead, baby. Thread’s dead.

  208. Diamond Jim says:

    It’s a classic Christmas morning in Wisconsin with sunny blue skies and just barely 7 degrees. Brghhh!!!

  209. J. Cutler says:

    Leave Corey alone!!!!!

  210. Redmen4ever says:

    alt holidays

    Jan. 1 New Year’s
    Feb. 23 Red Army Day
    Mar. 8 International Women’s Day
    Apr. 12 Cosmonaut’s Day
    May 1 International Workers’ Day
    May 9 Victory Day
    Oct. 7 USSR Constitution Day
    Nov. 7 October Revolution Day

    Jan. 1 Western New Year’s
    1st day of 1st lunisolar calendar Chinese New Year’s
    5th Solar Term (about two weeks after spring equinox) – Ancestor’s Day
    May 1 Labor Day
    5th day of 5th lunisolar month – near summer solstice – Dragon Boat Festival (Family Day)
    15th day of 8th lunisolar month – Harvest Festival
    Oct. 1 – National Day (founding of P.R.C.)

  211. DrBea says:

    I miss DrJay.

  212. JulStol says:

    Merry Christmas, HHR family. It’s been…13 years for me here now? Time flies when you’re wasting it. 🙂

  213. Cash Cow TM says:

    Diamond Jim,

    We are leaving tomorrow morning to drive to Wisc.

    5 below was temp up there when Walt talked to his son about 11 a.m.

  214. Diamond Jim says:

    Make sure Walt packs his long johns.

  215. Blobbie says:

    “Homicide is the Leading Cause of Murders in America” JEB!

  216. Diamond Jim says:

    It’s colder than a well-digger’s azz.

  217. jason says:

    It’s colder than a witch’s tit in a bras cup.

  218. jason says:

    It’s colder than a witch’s tit in a brass cup.

  219. Cash Cow TM says:

    It’s colder than Wes’s live for GWB.

    It’s colder than the trail of the real killer (not counting OJ) of OJ’s wife.

  220. mnw says:

    Hello, JulStol

  221. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Its going to be a cold one in San Diego today; high of only 67 degrees. Will get warmer later in the week, with highs of around 73 degrees.

  222. Mr.Vito says:

    It’s colder than the Search for the Real Killer tipline.

  223. Tgca says:

    I bundled up in my tank Tee and Lulumon shorts and ventured out in the yard with my dogs around 5PM to a bristling 78 degrees. I never thought I’d say this but I’m starting to believe in man-made global warming. What else could explain these blue skies, blaring sun, and frigid temps in south FL on Christmas Day. It wasn’t like this as a kid growing up in Jersey, that’s for sure. Brghhhh!!!

  224. Blobbie says:

    “Many people don’t know that Houston is 50? below sea level” JEB!

  225. Bitterlaw says:

    It’s colder than the Eagles defense. Wake the F up, birds.

  226. Bitterlaw says:

    78 degrees on Christmas should not be legal.

  227. Tgca says:

    232

    Jealousy is not becoming of you. Don’t be hating because I can frolic around in my backyard in muscle cissy tees and shorts on Christmas Day while hunky elves waterboard by. Not my fault you gotta wear turtlenecks and cardigan sweaters on Christmas Day.

  228. mnw says:

    Tgca

    If you got it, flaunt it.

  229. Bitterlaw says:

    Real men demand 4 seasons.

  230. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    235. “Real men demand 4 seasons.”

    If the liberals have their way, they will ban real men.

  231. Cash Cow TM says:

    “Young Sheldon” TV show spin off from Big Bang TV show was very funny.

    I laughed until milk squirted out my nose.

  232. DW says:

    In addition to the Christmas Gift of lower taxes, Trump’s administration has cut 285 million of funding toward the sewer drain that is the United Nations.

  233. MichiganGuy says:

    Trump’s top 10 accomplishments of 2017

    1. The tax-cut bill

    Trump capped off 2017 with his first major legislative victory — the passage of the Republicans’ tax-cut bill, which slashes the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent and reduces individual rates as well as implements some key breaks.

    It’s the biggest tax legislation to be approved by Congress since 1986, and would be significant if that’s all it did.

    The fact that it also eliminated ObamaCare’s mandate that individuals buy insurance and opens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling — something several GOP administrations had tried but failed to do — makes it truly historic.

    2. Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court

    Trump’s biggest early victory came when the Senate, in April, confirmed Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

    Gorsuch’s appointment marked the end of a bitter struggle between Democrats and Republicans over the vacant seat. It was also a victory for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who for nearly a year blocked former President Obama’s pick to replace Scalia from getting even a hearing to sit on the court.

    The move also came as Trump aims to reshape the federal judiciary with a host of other conservative nominations. The Senate confirmed 12 of Trump’s federal appeals court judges in 2017, a record for a president’s first year in office.

    3. Roll-back of regulations

    Trump signed an executive order cutting regulations for small businesses and moved forward with plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, one of Obama’s signature acts as president. Trump has also overseen moves to expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Gulf of Mexico and granted a permit to the Keystone XL pipeline previously rejected by Obama.

    Trump vowed to reduce regulations he argued were strangling the economy, and he’s taken important strides to do so in the wake of opposition from congressional Democrats, who argue the president’s actions on climate are hurting America’s standing in the world. Local governments led by Democrats have acted to reverse Trump’s efforts on the Paris climate accords.

    Trump’s top 10 accomplishments of 2017
    © Getty
    President Trump’s first year in office had its stumbles, but it also had a number of successes that had the White House and congressional Republicans crowing at the end of the year.

    While Trump has seen his approval ratings fall, he’s also gone a long way toward meeting a number of his campaign promises, including a pledge to reduce taxes.

    The tax-cut bill approved by Congress days before Christmas was sweeping in scope and a major victory for a White House that hopes to build on it in Trump’s second year in office.

    Here’s a look at Trump’s biggest accomplishments of the year.

    1. The tax-cut bill

    Trump capped off 2017 with his first major legislative victory — the passage of the Republicans’ tax-cut bill, which slashes the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent and reduces individual rates as well as implements some key breaks.

    It’s the biggest tax legislation to be approved by Congress since 1986, and would be significant if that’s all it did.

    The fact that it also eliminated ObamaCare’s mandate that individuals buy insurance and opens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling — something several GOP administrations had tried but failed to do — makes it truly historic.

    2. Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court

    Trump’s biggest early victory came when the Senate, in April, confirmed Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

    Gorsuch’s appointment marked the end of a bitter struggle between Democrats and Republicans over the vacant seat. It was also a victory for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who for nearly a year blocked former President Obama’s pick to replace Scalia from getting even a hearing to sit on the court.

    The move also came as Trump aims to reshape the federal judiciary with a host of other conservative nominations. The Senate confirmed 12 of Trump’s federal appeals court judges in 2017, a record for a president’s first year in office.

    3. Roll-back of regulations

    Trump signed an executive order cutting regulations for small businesses and moved forward with plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, one of Obama’s signature acts as president. Trump has also overseen moves to expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Gulf of Mexico and granted a permit to the Keystone XL pipeline previously rejected by Obama.

    Trump vowed to reduce regulations he argued were strangling the economy, and he’s taken important strides to do so in the wake of opposition from congressional Democrats, who argue the president’s actions on climate are hurting America’s standing in the world. Local governments led by Democrats have acted to reverse Trump’s efforts on the Paris climate accords.

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    4. The travel ban

    Trump ran on a platform of tougher immigration enforcement, both to protect American jobs and national security. A week into his presidency, he took one of his most controversial steps, banning most travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States.

    The move triggered protests across the country and court fights, but, by the end of the year, a version of Trump’s ban was left standing.

    Trump also has taken steps to increase border security and has seen a drop in arrests on the border, a possible sign of reduced entries.

    He stepped up raids on immigrants in the country illegally and oversaw a surge in arrests across the country. The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the agency plans to take an even more aggressive approach next year.

    5. Declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel

    Trump announced that the U.S. would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving its embassy to the contested holy city. The move signified one of Trump’s boldest statements to the international community, and, specifically, the United Nations, which he has frequently criticized.

    6. Withdrawal from Paris climate deal

    Trump followed through on one of his major campaign promises when he announced in June that the U.S. would leave the Paris climate deal reached under Obama. While there have since been conflicting reports on the administration’s current stance on the agreement, the move fulfilled Trump’s pledge to tackle one of Obama’s signature achievements and take a tougher stance against the international community.

    7. Pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Trump began his presidency by carrying out another key promise, withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade deal with Asia he had called a “potential disaster for our country.” He has said his administration will secure new trade deals with America’s Asian allies, though firm details have yet to emerge.

    Meanwhile, the administration is at work trying to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. A new round of negotiations are slated to be held in January, and it’s possible Trump could decide to pull the U.S. from that deal as well.

    8. Roll-back of some of Obama’s Cuba policies

    Trump followed up on his pledge to roll back Obama’s opening up of relations with Cuba, tightening travel and commercial ties with the communist island. He also placed new financial restrictions on Havana, amid concerns over a series of bizarre “sonic attacks” targeting U.S. diplomats in the country.

    While the moves were seen as a clear crackdown by Trump on rapprochement with Cuba, much of Obama’s policies toward Havana essentially remain intact.

    9. Moving to repeal Obama’s net neutrality rules

    In another blow to regulations enacted under Obama, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its landmark net neutrality rules this month. The move drew ire from Democrats, consumer groups and tech companies, but was seen as a major win for advocates of less government oversight.

    10. Fighting — and further degrading — ISIS

    Trump dealt major blows to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, forcing the terrorist group to retreat from its two self-declared capitals: Mosul and Raqqa, located in Iraq and Syria, respectively. Trump also expanded the military’s authority to carry out air strikes in the Middle East, a factor some experts credit for his administration’s progress against terrorism in the region.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/366429-trumps-top-10-accomplishments-of-2017

  234. MichiganGuy says:

    ok, a little snafu but, you get the point. lol

  235. Paul says:

    Trump’s biggest accomplishment was demonstrating that he is NOT a follower of Jesus.

  236. Ron N says:

    I think that 10 is a pretty good start for conservatives. President Trump maybe the only one who would have those done and I would add NATO paying more and the cut to UN.

  237. JC says:

    Tgca says:
    December 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    What else could explain these blue skies, blaring sun, and frigid temps in south FL on Christmas Day. It wasn’t like this as a kid growing up in Jersey, that’s for sure. Brghhhh!!!
    ———————-

    Clearly this calls for more taxes, since according to libs more money to the federal bureaucracies is the answer to everything, even for problems that don’t actually exist.

    BTW, I’m enjoying the FL weather too – my new home state. Just arrived here on Christmas eve.
    Although I’m further up north so it’s still chilly (at least compared to San Antonio weather).

  238. Chicon says:

    MD – stick around and engage on your points. Just don’t be a jerk about – be a tolerant democrat.

  239. JC says:

    I moved from the ultra perennial swing district of TX-23 (R – Will Hurd) to the newly redrawn seat of FL-3 (R – Ted Yoho), which went from ultra democratic to heavily Republican in 2012 as the territory was redrawn. (The old FL-3 district was held by criminally convicted thug Corrine Brown).

    Demographically, this will be the first time since I was a kid that I’m now living in a majority white county. (Whites make up 70%, compared to just 15% in TX-23). And electorally the new district voted about 56-40 Republican in the last two presidential elections and has a +9R PVI.

    One thing I’ve noticed right away is the the glaring number of Trump bumper stickers and house signs. In San Antonio you would almost never see this (unless you wanted your car keyed).

  240. JC says:

    Looks like my new Rep is a solid constitutional conservative. Pro life. Pro gun. Pro tax cuts and supports reduced spending.

    Yoho took office on January 3, 2013. He is a member of the Tea Party Caucus and the House Liberty Caucus. He supports reduction in taxes: replacing the current tax code with the Fair Tax,[12] reducing corporate tax rates, and eliminating federal programs that cannot be balanced with revenues.[13] According to the CBO, there would still be a deficit even if all discretionary spending (all Federal programs except pensions, Medicare and Social Security) were stopped.[14] Yoho is for reducing spending and reducing taxes, though has not yet introduced a plan that will lead to a balanced budget.

  241. JC says:

    Trump is checking off Hugh Hewitt’s list: http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2017/12/trump-is-checking-off-hugh-hewitts-list.html?spref=tw

    “From my reader:

    Hey Don,

    So I was getting dressed this morning and pulled out the next T shirt off the pile. It is a Hugh Hewitt shirt from 15 or so years ago.

    On the back, it listed the five things he was calling for Bush to do, as a Conservative president. Things he never did.

    Win the war.
    Confirm the judges.
    Cut the taxes.
    Control the spending.
    Secure the border.

    Well, looks like Trump hit 4 out of 5 in his first year.

    Maybe spending next year?

    Home run!

    Grand slam, I would say although as an Indians fan we do not see that many of them. At least from our side of the plate.

    Hewitt has had an up and down relationship with Trump. He did not support his nomination, and three times called for Trump to step aside after he secured the nomination.

    But eventually Hewitt voted for Trump. In many ways that is a more admirable vote than mine was because Hewitt really had to put principle first. I had no trouble voting. He had to hold his nose and cross his fingers.

    But remember Trump’s campaign song.

    You can’t always get what you want
    You can’t always get what you want
    You can’t always get what you want
    But if you try sometimes, yeah
    You might find you get what you need!

    Trump is what we need.”

  242. Bitterlaw says:

    I am proud to say that I have no idea how my district is broken down on racial lines by percentage but that has nothing to do with why I like living here. I could not care less if my neighbors were black, Hispanic, Inuits or any group as long as they obey the laws and pay their taxes. Unless they are Dallas Cowboys fans who are not from Texas. I have a problem with those people.

  243. Trump says:

    Bitterlaw is virtue-signalling his “white flight”.

    The nouveau segregationist. Who sees him looking to move to inner-city Philly?

  244. JulStol says:

    Unfair to Bitter, Trump. He actually laments no longer being able to spend his days in Philly due to his new job.

  245. Trump says:

    He lives where his wife wants to live. Nothing wrong with that.

    It is easy to virtue-signal when there is no choice.

  246. JC says:

    Congrats on feeling virtuous by saying what almost everyone agrees with Bitter.

    I award you THREE virtue-signaling points. Spend them wisely.

  247. Trump says:

    This is why I come here, to see idiocy like this from low-level morons.

    “Robbie says:
    December 24, 2017 at 11:17 am

    mnw says:
    December 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    “since the legal experts at HHR” etc.
    How come you omit the actual attorneys, Wobbles?
    And YOU received YOUR legal training…? Remind us again?

    – Where’s the lawsuit by Trump’s legal team if the facts are clear Mueller and the GSA violated the law?

    Again, the fact they did nothing but send a letter to Congress tells you all you need to know.”

    Does this retard know any law? Why would Trump file a lawsuit? The proper time would be when and if Mueller uses anything from the emails to “indict” anyone.

    Meantime, anything illegal is the purview of the IG and the DOJ to pursue.

  248. NYCmike says:

    “MD – stick around and engage on your points. Just don’t be a jerk about – be a tolerant democrat.”

    -Chicon,

    Thanks for the Christmas wishes! I hope you had a Merry Christmas yourself.

    And Thanks for noticing MD hasn’t changed one bit.

    He KNOWS all he needs to know already!

  249. NYCmike says:

    “Trump”, you were doing so well using your other words for Robbie!

    Don’t go backwards now, especially the day after Christmas.

  250. JC says:

    However, sadly I must deduct FOUR virtue-signaling points from Bitter because he has not condemned slavery today.

    Be careful Bitter. You are currently running on a deficit.

  251. Trump says:

    At some point, you have to call a spade a spade, NYC.

  252. NYCmike says:

    “He actually laments no longer being able to spend his days in Philly due to his new job.”

    -Working and living somewhere are NOT the same thing.

    By the way, I am sure Bitter would live in the city if the cost of housing was comparable to what he has now, and if the school system was as good as the one he is in.

  253. NYCmike says:

    “Trump”,

    I am more worried about those with real mental handicaps being besmirched with their affiliation with someone so consumed with hatred.

  254. Redmen4ever says:

    Michigan Guy: where do you put the following?

    curtailing flow of illegal aliens AND deportation of criminal illegal aliens (Trump IS the Wall)

    ending two wars (Syria and Iraq) (two more to go [Afghanistan and Africa])

    VA reform

    Nikki Haley

    3 percent economic growth (PLUS full-time jobs with benefits, pay increases for working class)

    major shortfalls / still in progress:

    repeal & replace (skinny repeal just a downpayment)

    drain the swamp at FBI (drain the swamp at IRS just a downpayment)

    immigration reform (re-focus from family reunification to what’s good for U.S.)

  255. Redmen4ever says:

    Congressman YooHoo? Anybody good for Yogi is good enough for me!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtbulcYcHc4

  256. JulStol says:

    “At some point, you have to call a spade a spade,”

    Racist.

  257. NYCmike says:

    #247 – JC

    I want to note that the t-shirt/list in the link from Don Surber, who Robbie has stated is NOT WORTH READING, is from 2004, when Dubya was going for his re-election…..it will be instructive/hilarious to see Robbie, “CG”, MD, and Author refuse to acknowledge that link.

  258. NYCmike says:

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2017/12/22/manchin-so-it-looks-like-the-tax-bill-i-voted-against-will-um-help-a-lot-of-west-virginians-n2425940

    -An article about Manchin voting AGAINST the tax bill (Walt, make sure you let Ca$h know about this, as she talks so much that everyone in West Virginia will have heard about it by next November!), and then there is also details about Hillary HELPING OUT in the Congressional elections.

  259. JulStol says:

    COD has now wished me a happy birthday 2 years in a row. Nifty.

  260. MichiganGuy says:

    Redmen4ever, Trump as great as he is can’t do everthing in one year. Especially, when he has the swamp fighting him the whole time. The wall will be built. The swamp will be drained. We will have great healthcare. The wars will end. World peace will probably happen in Trump’s second term. The electrical grid will be fixed. Infastructure will be repaired. More conservative judges will be appointed. 4% economic growth will happen.

  261. Chicon says:

    Mike – was there a mea culpa in MD’s post about his slight miss on the 2016 election? Or, more importantly, for losing his stuff and treating others like dirt?

  262. NYCmike says:

    Chicon,

    I didn’t see any.

    And, he can’t get past Trump. The actions of the Republican Congress was NOT MENTIONED AT ALL.

  263. dblaikie says:

    Since MD despised me more than most, I can’t help but respond to his post.

    Nothing has changed with him. Thank you MD from coming down on high and dispensing to us your oracle of wisdom! That you would bestow us with your powerful thoughts, because no one knows better than you what is going to happen politically speaking means so little. It doesn’t matter that you were completely wrong in 2016 — even with Pennsylvania — still you think you can treat us like a bunch bumpkins and plebs.

    Of course if you would just say you were wrong and perhaps even apologize for some of the stuff you wrote you would be welcomed back even by me. But you won’t. So go back into the hole of your grand delusions of brilliance and maybe we can hear from you again in a year or so. Happy New Year, MD. Your old friend, dblaikie

  264. DW says:

    Sometimes businesses are smart, sometimes they are dumb. As a fan of the Looney Tunes / Merrie Melodies cartoons, I have watched since 2003 how Warner Brothers messed up badly what would seem to be the simplest of tasks.

    The simple task? Remaster the 1000 cartoon shorts created by Warner Brothers from 1930 to 1969, and release them on DVD.

    Sounds easy. And it should have been. 1000 is easily divided into numbers like 100 or 50, or 25. So just start in releasing boxed sets of 50 episodes each, and after 20 volumes, buyers could have the whole thing.

    But Warner Bros. worried that the early, pre-golden era shorts (418 out of 1000) would not sell very well. Half of these were black and white and had characters few remember, and early prototypes of familiar characters. There are also 11 episodes banned by the political correctness police.

    They should have just accepted the fact that the earlier boxed sets would only sell to the most dedicated collector.

    So instead of doing this easy and logical, they started in 2003 with what would become a six-volume “Looney Tunes Golden Collection,” mixing early cartoons with golden-era shorts, and there was no order or logic to the 375 cartoons released in these six volumes. They even managed to have three duplicated in this set.

    Then after ending the Golden Collection series, they decided to remaster and release sets built around individual characters–the “Looney Tunes Super Stars” collection. This approach filled in some gaps from the Golden Collection, but also forced buyers to buy a number of duplicates already in the Golden Collection.

    So instead continuing to fill in the gaps Warner Brothers decided to abort the Super Stars series and carry on with “Looney Tunes Platinum Collection” featuring volumes of 50 episodes each. The problem is each of these was about 90% episodes already released in the Golden Collection or Super Stars.

    Not surprisingly, sales lagged after the 2nd Platinum edition, as Warner Brothers apparently was shocked that buyers wouldn’t purchase 90% of what they already had to get 10% of what they didn’t yet have. So they cancelled this series after the third volume, and there are no plans for any more.

    So in the end, only about half of the 1000 shorts ever got released, including over 200 from the golden-era that are still not restored or released. Some episodes ended up in all three series.

    Total mess up by Warner Brothers.

  265. Chicon says:

    269 – that’s well said. Imo, just doing a drive-by – other than to say hello – is cowardly.

  266. Chicon says:

    Also, the points made by MD are somewhat reminiscent of another frequent, one-note poster.

  267. mnw says:

    Chicon

    I think the Knights’ situation is funny!

    The season is half over, & they’re leading their division.

    Gulp. Do they still trade off their best players for draft picks. as expected & which they need to do? If so, they’ll break their adoring new fans’ hearts.

    Nice problem to have, though. Is the future now, or not?

  268. Cash Cow TM says:

    Left for WISC. before 8 a.m.

    By noon we had driven through WV. MD, WV, PA., WV
    and into OH.

    Not much rom here in the back with all the luggage, etc.
    Cow is cramped.

  269. Bitterlaw says:

    252 JC – You are the one who made a big deal of living in a 70% white district, not me. Why did you think it was important to say that? What point were you trying to make?

  270. Chicon says:

    Excellent point, mnw. They were set up to be sellers and are set up to be buyers. And it might be better to be buyers in the long run, but they’re trying to build a fan base so I think that’s what they’ll do.

  271. Chicon says:

    Meant sellers in the long run.

  272. Bitterlaw says:

    251 We live here because I like it. My wife would like to move to a center city condo with elevators and doormen in 4 years. I will only move back to Philadelphia if I get a house.

  273. Bitterlaw says:

    MD will vote for Dems until. Trump is out. What could go wrong.

  274. Chicon says:

    Bitter, Foles is a bit of a worry for the playoffs. One more practice game ahead.

  275. NYCmike says:

    “MD will vote for Dems until. Trump is out. What could go wrong.”

    -WORSE than a so-called “deadender”.

  276. Bitterlaw says:

    Chicon – I could make an argument for Wentz beating the Patriots r Steelers in the Super Bowl. Folles could get the Eagles to the SB. Maybe. Possibly.

    If Wentz was not hurt, the Eagles would have won by 30 last night.

  277. Paul says:

    I looked it up and I’m surprised that my congressional district is as white as it is (70%). It is also surprising how few Asians (13%) there are. The economic centers of the district (Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates) however are very Asian (Indian-American).

    Currently my congressman is Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) who will easily win reelection. The Republican leadership didn’t even bother to run anyone. There are two Indian Americans running in the Republican primary. (Interestingly, I notice that several of my democratic friends and Raja are facebook friends with these “Republicans”.)

    Just random things I decided to look up this morning.

  278. Bitterlaw says:

    Deadenders are worse, NYC. They want Democrats to win Republican seats.

  279. Chicon says:

    MD hates Trump, which is fine. He also seems to hate people who support Trump in any way, which is over the top in my book. There is no middle ground for him – if you approve of one thing Trump has done, you’re an idiot. There’s no conversation with people that.

  280. Bitterlaw says:

    MD will vote for Dems who probably won’t win.

  281. Chicon says:

    People like that….

  282. NYCmike says:

    These A-Holes can’t come clean of each other……

  283. Bitterlaw says:

    I considered MD a real friend. I rarely exchange messages with him. We only discuss family and sports. No point in discussing politics.

  284. NYCmike says:

    He is a “real” something…..not exactly sure what.

  285. Chicon says:

    Bitter – the NFL playoffs will be interesting. The top three seeds will have untested QB’s, and the bottom three seeds will have Brees, Newton, Wilson/Matty Ice.

  286. Chicon says:

    Meant NFC playoffs. Autocorrect…..

  287. NYCmike says:

    Want Vikings to, at the least, be in the Super Bowl.

    1) They were my favorite team as a kid, and the reason my favorite color is purple.

    2) Would be the first time the host city has its own team playing in the Super Bowl.

    The new stadium, and the fans, have really made it a 12th man sort of place, like the Seahawks have in Seattle. Want to see it happen.

  288. Bitterlaw says:

    NYC just wants me to suffer again. Bastard.

  289. NYCmike says:

    Bitterlaw,

    Sorry about that….Purple People Eaters can’t be stopped!

    If it makes you feel better, my 8 year old nephew asked, and received, an Eagles sweatshirt!

    He told my sister (his Mom) that he wanted it because “too many of my friends think the Giants are good, despite their number of losses”……YES, his name is MICHAEL!

  290. Bitterlaw says:

    You will wait a long time for me. The FBI is Tina’s fetish.

  291. Bitterlaw says:

    CCC

  292. Bitterlaw says:

    Your nephew will suffer for decades but it will make him stronger. Ccc

  293. NYCmike says:

    “Your nephew will suffer for decades but it will make him stronger. Ccc”

    -Pretty sure whoever has the most W’s will be his favorite team…….he is only trying to prove a point……LOVE that kid!

  294. Bitterlaw says:

    How old is he? Being a front runner is a bad sign.

  295. Bitterlaw says:

    Sorry. He is 8.

  296. Chicon says:

    8 is old enough to know being an Eagles fan is choosing the Pit of Misery. Dilly dilly.

  297. NYCmike says:

    Bitterlaw,

    He is one of 4 boys, from 9-4. Always fighting with each other, until one of them gets into a competition (football game, wrestling match, etc) at school, at which time they all want to totally dismantle the other team/participant…….my sister is very proud!

    Meantime, my bro-in-law couldn’t care less about sports……which in some way explains why he is a front-runner….he just cares about proving the other kids wrong.

  298. NYCmike says:

    ” why he is a ”
    “he just cares”

    -speaking about my nephew again

  299. NYCmike says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/366465-ny-attorney-general-takes-legal-action-against-trump-100-times-in

    -MD mentioned this SOB…..it will be interesting to see how many of these actions lead to any guilty verdicts/fines etc

  300. Chicon says:

    https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/12/23/larry-fitzgerald-senator-john-mccain-arizona-vietnam-war-pow

    Cool article. Reiterates for me that I can disagree with the guy politically sometimes and really respect him anyway. Both can be true.

    Good on Larry Fitzgerald.

  301. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    289. “I considered MD a real friend. I rarely exchange messages with him. We only discuss family and sports. No point in discussing politics.”

    Some of my closet friends are rabid Bernie supporters. We occasionally take polite digs at each other, but otherwise are still close. The fact I was once NeverTrump and voted for McMullin makes them think I am redeemable. Also, have gotten them to agree that some of Trump’s policies are actually beneficial. Interesting, they hate Hillary more than even Trump.

  302. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    “Melania Trump Orders Removal of 200-Year-Old Tree From White House Lawn.”

    If you just read the headline, it puts Melania in a bad light. Then it explains what is really happening in the text:

    “It wasn’t an easy decision, according to Trump’s staff. “Mrs.
    Trump personally reviewed the reports from the United States National Arboretum and spoke at length with her staff about exploring every option before making the decision to remove a portion of the Magnolia tree,” Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said. “After reviewing the reports, she trusted that every effort had been made to preserve the historic tree and was concerned about the safety of visitors and members of the press who are often standing right in front of the tree during Marine One lifts.”
    Melania Trump has reportedly requested that the wood from the tree, which is the oldest on the White House grounds, be preserved. The White house groundkeepers have apparently been preparing for this day and have been growing several offshoots of the tree that are “now somewhere around eight to 10 feet tall,” reports CNN. The plan is that one of those offshoots will eventually be planted in its place so another Jackson Magnolia that was taken directly from the original can grow in the same spot.”

  303. NYCmike says:

    Quick note:

    Just realized Wissing went 14-2 for his NFL picks this last week.

    No wonder he hasn’t been around much….he must be trying to get hired by ESPN…..another Democrat…….just kidding!

  304. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    309. Meant “closest” not “closet.”

  305. Bitterlaw says:

    Fitzgerald must have paid attention at Valley Forge Military Academy.

  306. Tgca says:

    Well, it appears my barium swallow tests validate I have some difficulty swallowing. They’re not sure of the cause but I’ve been told this can be caused by dry mouth and/or fatigued tongue muscles.

    The remedy? Mouth lubricant and tongue exercises.

    Discuss please.

  307. Chicon says:

    Tg, the responses write themselves….

    My dad just has a minor stroke, which resulted in swallowing issues. Able to have soft foods now. Swallowing therapy begins tomorrow.

  308. Chicon says:

    No mention of spitting therapy….

  309. Tgca says:

    308

    Fluff article on McCain. If it is meant as a tribute to a sample Vietnam vet, I’m fine by it but if it is meant to exalt Mac, then I believe context is in order.

    1st, he was a POW, and most respect that he suffered and was treated extremely badly, as most POW were then. We should always be mindful of the pain and suffering he and all POW suffered by his animal captors. Yes, his captors were animals for what they did to him and others.

    2nd, it is true he refused to go home when offered earlier release. However, that release was meant to humiliate the US because his father commanded a fleet in the Pacific, and my gut feeling is that had he accepted that, he would never have lived down the shame (right or wrongly accused) of accepting the deal while his comrades stayed behind and suffered. I venture that most men in his position would not have accepted this deal either.

    3rd, he comes from a distinguished military family where both his father and grandfather were admirals. I don’t think Mac could live with and faced his family had he chose to leave his comrades behind. Like it or not, back then, in many military families, bailing on your comrades would be considered an act of cowardice and betrayal. It was more respectful to sacrifice your life than shame your family and comrades. Not fair, but it was widely practiced. I think Mac made the right choice and for that, he should be proud.

    4th, the US lost 58,000 in Vietnam and countless other thousands were wounded, tortured, and forever changed in ways none of us could imagine so to single out Mac, or John Kerry or any politician or privileged person whom served should be taken in context of those who served in total. Those physically and mentally impacted by the Vietnam war was high in percentage of those served. …and it is shameful how many were treated upon their return home.

    5th, Mac benefited enormously from his family ties and was given extreme preferential treatment upon his return that the vast majority of Vietnam POW and vets did not get. This does not take away from his sacrifices but many seem to forget he was one of a very large group who sacrificed equally or more.

    So do I respect that Mac served his country and suffered as a POW. Of course I do. But that alone does not make him a hero. So again, I would like to put it in context. Thousands of people still suffer in the world, many in the US in horrible living conditions where they are ridiculed, beaten, mistreated, raped, and murdered, and where most of society turns its head on a daily basis. Does that make these equivalent victims are heroes? No, it makes them victims that we should all have great compassion for but let’s not single out select privileged ones when we pay little or no homage to the vast majority of the less privileged ones unless we put it in context.

  310. Tgca says:

    316

    I always spit. Don’t you?

  311. Bitterlaw says:

    Tgca – I assumed you spit. Otherwise, somebody as high demand as you would drown.

    Zing!

  312. Tgca says:

    Seriously, having survived spine surgery and nerve damage, not sure what will be the long-term prognosis on this. I had to change my diet too because often I was choking while eating. Now I eat mostly veggies and soft food and learn to take the time to chew more and swallow each bite with liquid to assist in passage downward. It can cause quite a scare when you get food stuck and no one is around and your trying to hack up food stuck in your throat, and you go into coughing fits and you’re unable to breathe clearly, knowing you have a short time to self-remedy the situation.

  313. Tgca says:

    I am so surprised that Bitter would comment on my dilemma. -:)

  314. Tgca says:

    Well, I’ve had times where while drinking water I felt I was drowning. Dumb a$$ GI Dr tried to tell me it was panic attacks. I made him do endoscopy even though he wanted to prescribe panic attack meds, and lo and behold, they found swelling and narrowing of esophagus along wth some upper stomach minor ulcers, and hiatal hernia. …and this bozo has the MD for what? I changed GI Dr and now have conclusive evidence of a muscular or motility issue after a number of radiological tests isolated the issue.

    ALWAYS get a 2nd or 3rd opinion. Drs are like all other professions and fall into great, good, fair, and poor categories.

  315. Chicon says:

    Tg, my dad’s learning all about the soft foods and chewing. He has to put tasteless thickener in his drinks for just the reason you describe. It’s certainly an adjustment.

  316. Paul says:

    311: I found it to be a very nice article about Melania being a good caretaker for the White House and grounds. The headline that they stuck on it was really the worse sort of click bait.

  317. Marco Rubio says:

    Merry Chrithmaths amigos!

    Thank you for your thupport

  318. Chicon says:

    Tg, I don’t really disagree with your thoughts on McCain. He’s a man – neither a God nor a Devil. It is sometimes easy for all of us to place people in one of those two categories, so I was glad to read Fitzgerald’s perspective.

  319. Chicon says:

    Marco, was the enlargement surgery a success?

  320. jason says:

    Let me be the first to call Tgca’s “piece” on McCain
    complete hogwash.

    There is no “context” for someone who was shot down, maimed, tortured and thrown into a POW hellhole of a camp for years.

    None. Zilch. Nada. “Context” my ass.

    John McCain has done more and sacrificed more for his country than 99.99999% of the people who insist on denigrating him because they disagree with some of his political positions.

    I think Tgca’s post is shameful. “Context”? What “fu–king” context is there?

    Yes, McCain is a a great American. A legitimate war hero. A role model.

    Making light of his sacrifice and his accomplishments and his heroism for cheap political hits is revolting.

    I said as much when McCain attacked him. I say as much with Tgca’s garbage “context” BS.

  321. Bitterlaw says:

    This is a British article on the drug scene in Philadelphia. It calls Kensington a suburb rather than noting it is part of the city. It is devastating to see this scourge play out.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5196653/Photos-capture-Philadelphia-street-crippled-drugs.html

  322. jason says:

    Huh, when Trump attacked him.

  323. jason says:

    And for Tgca’s limited brain information, John McCain would be a war hero if he was a Democrat. Or a communist.

    Context? Demeaning, self righteous, stupid drivel.

    GFY.

  324. Blobbie says:

    It’s going to be a rout. The Trump tape has had the same effect the Mark Foley news had in 2006. It turned what was likely to be marginally bad election into a massacre. The new ABC national poll showing Trump down 12 is just the latest evidence. The Senate is gone and the House is teetering. Maybe worst of all, the poor showing probably means Paul Ryan will be deposed as leader and the leadership battle that follows for the Republican caucus will be a disastrous moment.

  325. Paul says:

    Trump is going to try to destroy the FBI, and Republicans will stand by and let him.

  326. Trump says:

    8-11%!

  327. Chicon says:

    “McCain is a a great American. A legitimate war hero. A role model.”

    Agreed.

    I think it’s also fair to amend that ending to this….”A role model, and a political maverick who was often accused of being inconsistent in his views.”

    Imo, that doesn’t take away from who he is as a man.

  328. Trump says:

    FBI needs destroyed.

    It has been nothing but a protection racket for the Clinton Crime Syndicate.

  329. Trump says:

    The director of the lying weasels stands and lists all of Hillary’s crimes, and then says nobody ca prosecute her.

    So how come Martha Stewart spent time in jail? Scooter Libby?

  330. Trump says:

    Anyone of you who is a security-cleared fed employee, why don’t you set up and operate a private server to conduct govt business?

    See how long you last.

  331. Chicon says:

    333 – or, Trump is going to remove the political hacks running the FBI, and return it to a crime fighting organization rather than a political one.

  332. jason says:

    McCain was not “inconsistent” in his views. Maybe you just disagreed with them, which is different.

  333. jason says:

    he Senate is gone and the House is teetering”

    Yeah, I think that is what was said in 2016 by Soccer Moron.

    The Senate was “gone”, “Rs” now fighting for the House.

    Hillary was also an 80% shoo-in for the Presidency, 99% according to some sites.

  334. Trump says:

    I did some consulting work for a fed agency once.

    Nothing to do with security.

    I had to conduct all business on agency-provided laptop or desktop, with no flash drive attachment to download even a recipe or wedding plans.

    Email system would not allow any attachment to be sent outside the domain.

  335. Trump says:

    Anyone who thinks that 30,000 Hillary emails are “lost” doesn’t know jack-sh*t about emails or government.

  336. Blobbie says:

    164. Here’s how I get there:

    – Clinton wins all of the Obama 2012 states
    – Clinton snags GA, AR, and NC
    – Clinton wins 1 electoral vote from NE
    – Trump wins 1 electoral vote from ME

    http://www.270towin.com/maps/jAQ9m

    Obviously, this can change in the last three weeks, but my May 5 map had it 384-154 for Clinton. I thought she might win MO as well.

    If the map does change, I expect it to more further in Clinton’s direction. Trump could easily lose UT and, given that ID is a lot like UT, maybe ID is an election day surprise. Also, IN is no gimmie for Trump. He’ll probably win there, but it’s not the ruby red state most assume.

  337. Trump says:

    FBI’s role is to run cover-up for crimes of Obama, Bill and Hillary.

    Remember fast and furious program run by Eric Holder?

    Check out James Comey’s career progression.

  338. jason says:

    One day before the election:

    “Hillary Clinton’s odds of winning the presidency rose from 78% last week to 91% Monday before Election Day, according to CNN’s Political Prediction Market.”

  339. Chicon says:

    Could be, Jason. I’ve found him to be among the least predictable politicians over the years. Mainly, though, the fact he’s an outstanding person and war hero (which I agree with) doesn’t mean one can’t disagree with his politics.

  340. jason says:

    Wobbie predicted Trump would win AR?

    Donald J. Trump 684,872 60.57%
    Hillary Clinton 380,494 33.65%

  341. mnw says:

    344

    Guess Wobbles hasn’t spent much time in Missouri, huh?

    Hillary was MADE for MO. Like a hand in a custom made glove.

    It was close, but PDT finally won it in a 17-point nail biter. How well I remember the suspense!

  342. jason says:

    That’s fine Chicon. I disagree with some of his politics too.

    But “context”?

    There is no “context” when a guy is tortured, maimed and imprisoned in a North Vietnamese POW camp for years.

  343. Chicon says:

    Wobbie also wondered if Utah was in play. Was he also worried about GA and TX?

  344. mnw says:

    I will refrain from commenting on McCain… because I don’t want to be stoned to death here.

  345. jason says:

    MO?

    Donald J. Trump 1,594,511 56.38%
    Hillary Clinton 1,071,068 37.87%

  346. Chicon says:

    350 – to me the context is that he can be a war hero and outstanding American, AND make some frustrating political moves. To me, the latter will never detract from the former. As Bitter might say, both can be true.

  347. Trump says:

    Half a million vote difference?

    Almost two Buick car trunk’s worth.

  348. Chicon says:

    Mnw – any Blues prospects playing in the World Juniors? If you’re interested, USA plays at 7 central on NHL NETWORK.

  349. jason says:

    “Also, IN is no gimmie for Trump. He’ll probably win there, but it’s not the ruby red state most assume.”

    I assumed it…

    Donald J. Trump 1,557,286 56.47%
    Hillary Clinton 1,033,126 37.46%

  350. jason says:

    Another half a million votes…

    Close…

  351. jason says:

    Idaho an election day surprise?

    Well, was it a surprise Hillary topped 25%?

    Donald J. Trump 409,055 59.25%
    Hillary Clinton 189,765 27.48%

  352. jason says:

    Wobbie said ID is “a lot like UT”

    Dammit, he was right, no denying it.

    Hillary got 27% in UT too.

  353. Tina says:

    Trump will destroy the fbi.

    It is so one sided now.

    Jebot

  354. Blobbie says:

    Was he also worried about GA and TX?
    ————–

    Short of a last weekend collapse like Carter had in 1980, Clinton is going to win Texas. That said, the closeness of the race there shows just how strong the resistance to Trump is even in ruby red Texas.

  355. Cash Cow TM says:

    Into Indiana by 3:30 p.m and
    into Illinois just before 6

    But the we gained an hour so it was 5.

    COLD…

  356. jason says:

    TX was closer than most Presidential races, Trump won by 9 points or 800k votes.

    Romney won by 16, over 1.2 million votes difference.

    But the fact Trump, a loud mouth New Yorker with a background as a Democrat did not play that well in TX does not mean the race was “close”.

    9 points is a near landslide, it’s not “close”. “Closer” than 2012, yes. Close, no.

  357. jason says:

    – Clinton wins all of the Obama 2012 states
    Wrong in FL. Wrong in OH. Wrong in PA. Wrong in WI. Wrong in MI. Wrong in IA.

    – Clinton snags GA, AR, and NC
    Wrong, Wrong, Wrong.

    – Clinton wins 1 electoral vote from NE
    Wrong.

    – Trump wins 1 electoral vote from ME
    Bingo!

  358. Tina says:

    Is this lord asehat or a folower of lord asehat that made these uh predictions

  359. Blobbie says:

    If Romney had run as a third party candidate, here’s where I think the race would stand right now.

    Clinton 40
    Romney 37
    Trump 15 (and fading)
    Undecided 8

  360. Blobbie says:

    Before Rasheed Limbaugh began issuing fatwahs from high atop his minaret, Republicans won five of six presidential election and four by massive landslides. Now, Republicans are about to lose their fifth race out of seven.

  361. Chicon says:

    Rasheed – lol.

  362. Blobbie says:

    Like I wrote, his goal is to take the Republican Party down with him. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell thought they could catch a tiger by its tale, but they were wrong.

    Now, both will be minority leaders and deservedly so.

  363. Blobbie says:

    Tim says:

    October 11, 2016 at 11:55 am

    We were better off when nominees were picked by Party bosses, in smoke-filled rooms, and at the Conventions. Let’s go back to that. Then, each Party will usually nominate their best candidate.

    – I have long favored this. I would much prefer the smoke filled rooms to the rabble that shows up to vote in primaries. The British lost their empire when the aristocracy collapsed after WWI.

  364. lisab says:

    in fairness to robbie,

    i don’t think many people could have accurately predicted a winner in texas, idaho, utah, arkansas, georgia and missouri

  365. Blobbie says:

    If you stand outside of Trump Tower and listen closely, you can hear the sound of Soviet Red Army artillery shells falling as Trump and Eva Braun head into the bunker to kill their dog.

  366. mnw says:

    lisab

    funny!

    They don’t know we’re still here. After all, they make all the noise, so they MUST be riding the wave, right?

    Notice how you never see “Trump supporters disappointed! Turning against Trump now by the millions!” stories?

    You don’t think they’d run those stories in a heartbeat, if they could do so, without looking like the fools that they are?

  367. Bitterlaw says:

    If Romney had run as a third party candidate, I might have broken my pledge to never vote third party.

  368. Paul says:

    Whether or not Trump is popular is meaningless. He must be stopped in whatever way is most feasible.

  369. Paul says:

    An intervention by Jesus may be the best bet.

  370. DW says:

    378 – Jesus intervened and kept Hillary out of the white house.

  371. Cash Cow TM says:

    While Walt was driving, I rolled down the back window to Cow moon a carload of hipsters who gave me the stink eye when they were in the passing lane.

    Frost bit my Cow buns!

  372. Chicon says:

    Cow – not sure if Walt like a beer, but the Spotted Cow (no offense) by New Glarus is a great beer.

  373. Ron N says:

    #377 I guess u mean like the obama adm and upper Justice Dept the dirty dossier. Like a insurance policy.

  374. Paul says:

    Yes. We must fight anti-American evil like Trump in this nation.

  375. Paul says:

    He has a rotten putrid soul and must be crushed with the help of God.

  376. Paul says:

    Many of us of faith are praying for a heart attack to end this nightmare.

  377. Chicon says:

    Paulie, I think you forgot your meds the past few days….

  378. Tina says:

    Paulie needs a cracker.

  379. Tina says:

    Looks like a 4th quarter gdp of 4 percent.

    avg for 2017 is 3 percent

    Rubbish Rottie said both were not possible.

  380. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    385. “Many of us of faith are praying for a heart attack to end this nightmare.”

    Is this your suicide wish?

  381. Paul says:

    Yes, it may be the only way to get Trump out of my head.

  382. Bitterlaw says:

    Time for a new act and handle, “Paul.” This one is too dark.

  383. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Paul, you need to get to get away from all this; yes, its time for you to take a vacation. You need to go on an exciting cruise to Bogo Pogo.

  384. Bitterlaw says:

    I suspect that Paul is really our resident anti-Semitic America-hating bastard, Bunu. Rather than play a Paulbot, he now pretends to be a liberal.

  385. Bitterlaw says:

    I don’t know if you can successfully pray for somebody to die. Personally, I know that I have never been able to succeed in praying for my own death.

  386. Chicon says:

    A prayer for death is one that comes true every time…..eventually.

  387. Wes says:

    I take a sabbatical and come back to see two Hedgehoggers are actively courting death.

    It’s still more cheerful than when MD was telling us Democrats were inevitably going to crush the GOP in 2014 and 2016.

  388. DW says:

    Wes, I purposely pull away from politics around the holidays. If “Paul” is this gloomy now, I wonder how gloomy he will be in January?

  389. Redmen4ever says:

    Excuse me, here’s a podcast, featuring experts, proving the 3 percent economic growth is not even possible. Simple logic says that if it’s not possible, it could not happen. Which, again, logic, ipso facto, reductio ad absurdem, and hocus pocus, means it DID NOT happen. All of which goes to prove that Trump-supportors are anti-science and illogical.

    https://www.npr.org/2017/05/27/530337206/3-percent-economic-growth-is-it-possible

  390. Chicon says:

    I think Paulie may have hit the hooch last night.

  391. mnw says:

    When last we heard from Paul, he was explaining how well his Obamacare was working.

    I’d be depressed too.

  392. Wes says:

    Steve Bannon naturally backs this guy in the primary against Paul Ryan:

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-1.830272

    Just what the GOP needs: a bigoted anti-Semite. Running a disastrous candidate worked so well in Alabama, I tell you. 🙄

  393. Chicon says:

    Wes, I think WI and AL are different places. Hopefully, WI will steer clear of morons.

  394. Wes says:

    Anyone looking for proof that Steve Bannon is an idiot who got lucky his preferred candidate faced the only major party nominee ever to be under FBI investigation during an election need look no further than Bannon’s current crop of candidates–Roy Moore, Paul Nehlen, Danny Tarkanian, Kelli Ward, Chris McDaniel, et al–to see the truth in that statement.

  395. messy says:

    Missed 400….Damn!!!!

  396. Wes says:

    Right, Chicon. Republicans had margin for error in a heavily Republican conservative state such as Alabama that hasn’t voted for a Democrat for President in 41 years but managed to pick the one candidate who exceeeded that margin. In still marginal Wisonsin, Republicans have even less, and Nehlen shoots far beyond it.

  397. NYCmike says:

    Wes,

    That is fine and dandy, I don’t disagree with anything you said.

    Of course, the part you always seem to miss is why there is ANY SUPPORT WHATSOEVER for such candidates.

    The only silver lining now is that Congressional Republicans did pass tax reform, after wasting the first 10 months showing how tone-deaf they were to what the voters (their voters) WANTED, maybe they will avoid many of these costly primary battles….since the incumbents will have a concrete example for why they should be re-elected.

    RADICAL IDEA: Pass legislation that you said you would pass!

  398. mnw says:

    Some of the candidates in Wes’ parade of horrible s are not like the others.

  399. Chicon says:

    Wes, the Republican voter in Ryan’s district is a different critter than the Republican voter in AL. Do you think Ryan is at risk of losing a primary?

  400. Wes says:

    Not at all, Chicon. Ryan will walk all over him. I was holding him up more as an example of Steve Bannon’s tonedeaf hubris than as a realistic threat for the nomination in WI-1.

  401. Wes says:

    Nehlen got less than 16% in the primary against Ryan last year. I’m hoping now that Nehlen is becoming more overtly and acerbically anti-Semitic, that percentage will decline next year.

  402. Bitterlaw says:

    I just went for my pre-employment drug test. I have not had to take one in about 12 years. When I went in to the facility to check in, I was told that once I checked in I could not leave for any reason until after the test. I was then called back to give my sample.

    I had to pick up my own cup. I then had to empty my pockets before going to the bathroom. When I returned, I dad to personally place the sample on the table and sign 2 receipts. I asked if they wanted a blood sample, too, since I thought that would reveal a more complete picture of drug usage. I have nothing to hide. The nurse did not need it.

  403. Chicon says:

    410 – ah, ok. I agree we don’t need ANY crackpot candidates in 2018. I also agree that the best way to fight them off is for incumbents to govern as they ran. In short, I agree with you and NYC.

  404. NYCmike says:

    ” In short, I agree with you and NYC.”

    -Chicon,

    Since I agreed with what Wes said, let’s see if Wes will bend a little, or else act like a Robbie would, and believe that only one person (in this case Steve Bannon) will be solely responsible for any Republican defeats next year.

  405. NYCmike says:

    http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/366442-10-times-the-intel-community-violated-the-trust-of-americas

    -More in that regard…..NO institution should be able to avoid being held accountable for their actions…..as they are all run by fallible human beings.

  406. NYCmike says:

    Have to say, that Attkisson woman is ONE BRAVE LADY!

  407. Cash Cow TM says:

    Almost to the IL/WISC. border.

    It has now warmed considerably.
    It is now zero degrees.

    I wisb I was in the land of Awahapui.

  408. DW says:

    Cow, its cold even in VA Beach. A chance of flurries today.

  409. Cash Cow TM says:

    Going thru Speaker Paul Ryan’s district.
    Don’t see him anywhere.
    Probably too cold.

  410. Cash Cow TM says:

    We now are in positive numbers!

    Up to 1 F (ing) degree.

  411. Bitterlaw says:

    NO institution should be able to avoid being held accountable for their actions…..as they are all run by fallible human beings.

    Hmmmm. Sounds like virtue signaling by NYC.

  412. jason says:

    Wes, I think WI and AL are different places.”

    Yeah, but deadenders will lose in both places just the same.

  413. NYCmike says:

    https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2017/12/27/report-prince-harry-wants-obama-at-his-wedding-but-uk-govt-worried-about-infuriating-trump/?utm_campaign=twitchywidget

    -2 things: 1) Harry just went down a couple of pegs in my eyes. F*ck him and Obama!

    2) If Trump gets mad at this, he deserves to be ridiculed.*

    *I hope he does tweet about it, although I don’t believe his “anger” would be real. He has to recognize how polarizing a person he is now (?).

  414. jason says:

    Whether or not Trump is popular is meaningless. He must be stopped in whatever way is most feasible.”

    Spoken like a true fascist moron.

  415. DW says:

    Cow, when you pass through Milwaukee, there is a botanical garden there with three domes, one of them a tropical forest. Maybe stop there on your way through to warm up.

  416. mnw says:

    Yeah, there is a growing fascist tendency on the left, of which they themselves are oblivious.

    “Fascist? US? LOL! We’re the good guys.”

  417. Chicon says:

    423 – if the Moore info came out before the primary, Luther remains Senator. If no Moore info came out, it’s Senator Moore today.

    I agree he’s a deadender, and I don’t like him for the same reasons as you. But this deadender didn’t lose because he’s a deadender.

  418. NYCmike says:

    ” Sounds like virtue signaling by NYC.”

    -How does accepting human fallibility “Sounds like virtue signalling”?

  419. Bitterlaw says:

    NYC – Yesterday, JC thought it was important to tell us that he would live in a 70% white Congressional district. I was accused of virtue signaling for saying that race is irrelevant to me.

    You constantly accuse me of virtue signaling. You posted something pretty damn obvious and acted like it was profound.

  420. NYCmike says:

    ” You posted something pretty damn obvious and acted like it was profound.”

    -Unfortunately, some posters think that calling out our so-called intelligence agencies when they commit acts that are close to the line of legal/illegal is a bad thing…..as you did, and Robbie did.

    SO, obviously, it is not so “damn obvious” to some!

  421. NYCmike says:

    And, I was looking at an organization and the individuals inside it, regardless of their color, creed, race, beliefs, sexual preference, etc.

  422. NYCmike says:

    “acted like it was profound.”

    -I made a simple statement.

    The profoundness of it, if there is any profoundness to be had, is up to the person reading it.

    I appreciate you finding my statement profound.

  423. NYCmike says:

    That is profoundly flattering!

  424. jason says:

    Ron Paul is more kooky than ever…”war on immigrants”?

    “The former congressman said he continues to view the U.S. as being on a path to fascism — on a long historical arch featuring authoritarian policies of Presidents Lincoln and Wilson.

    “This time when we have a permanent war on terrorism there’s no backing off — and with the war on immigrants, and the borders,” he said. “Anybody who thinks we’re not doing too badly has not been flying on an airplane lately. That’s about as authoritarian-fascism as you can get.”:

  425. jason says:

    Translation: keeping terrorists from flying your plane into a building is fascist!

  426. Chicon says:

    This is profoundly confusing.

  427. Chicon says:

    Ron Paul just ain’t right! I hope that’s profound…..

  428. jason says:

    Ron Paul is a nutcase, and passed on his genes to Rand.

  429. NYCmike says:

    Can’t disagree with any of what jason said…..Ron Paul does NOT have to fly, there is NOT a war on immigrants, legal or illegal (even if LEGAL immigration is reduced by 50%, it is still not a war), “and the borders” should be enforced.

    I do think government is WAY TOO LARGE, but not in those particular areas.

  430. NYCmike says:

    “Ron Paul is a nutcase, and passed on his genes to Rand.”

    -Well, until Rand comes out and says he agrees with these ideas, I will not judge the son by what his father says……and please don’t start talking about statements made during a Presidential campaign, as ALL candidates say things which they do NOT necessarily believe…..

  431. jason says:

    According to Gallup, Obama edged out Trump as most admired man 17% to 14%.

    I would have voted for Walt.

  432. NYCmike says:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/stopping-a-student-loan-scam-1514331825?shareToken=st5eff47db40924d8c9a2657c3fb0fcdcc&reflink=article_email_share

    -Another policy that Hillary would have continued……so I guess “CG”, Robbie, MD, and Author approve of this policy.

  433. Paul says:

    NYCmike: Yes, Betsy DeVos is destroying eduction in our nation.

  434. jason says:

    and please don’t start talking about statements made during a Presidential campaign, as ALL candidates say things which they do NOT necessarily believe”

    Actually, he said a nuclear Iran was not a threat and that he believed in the disgusting “blow back theory” that we caused 9/11. He said Israel would be “stronger” without military aid. None of this was during the campaign.

    During the campaign he actually professed support for Israel, but I am glad NYC understands he doesn’t really believe that.

    The apple has not fallen far from the tree.

  435. Tom says:

    428. Moore may not have lost because he was deadender, but certainly won the primary because he was one. Jones’ tenure will be short-lived and sanity (hopefully) will be restored in Alabama. The silver lining is that Moore would have been an embarrassment from day one regardless of the accusations.

  436. jason says:

    es, Betsy DeVos is destroying eduction in our nation.”

    Nah, the Democrats beat her to it. Only the Democrats are interested in defending bad schools, they think it helps turn out more Democrats.

    DeVos is my favorite cabinet secretary after Mad Dog.

  437. jason says:

    I think Moore did lose because he is a deadender. He was never that popular to start with, and THAT had to do with him being a deadender.

    So he couldn’t survive the added baggage of the harassment accusations.

    Put it this way, had he not been a deadender, he might have survived the accusations, which in the end were fairly weak.

  438. Paul says:

    So, Jason you are an actual moron?

  439. jason says:

    Rand Paul is an idiot.

    It’s no surprise NYC defends him.

  440. jason says:

    So, Jason you are an actual moron?”

    Ah, so you are claiming you just play one here, that in real life you aren’t one?

    Color me skeptical.

  441. mnw says:

    Ron Paul has emerged from his undersea lair AGAIN?

    The fakenews industry only notices him when he says something the left likes. At those times, his newsletter that he used to publish is conveniently forgotten.

    You know, the newsletter that made Pat Buchanan look like the League of Women Voters by comparison? THAT newsletter.

  442. mnw says:

    Paul

    How did you end up on Obamacare? It’s a sincere question that some of us are honestly curious about. You are the only one I know of who signed up for it.

  443. jason says:

    DeVos has done excellent work trying to provide good schools for students in bad schools who actually want to get ahead. Charter schools and vouchers actually give these deserving students an opportunity they will never get with the bad schools and bad teachers the Dems and the teacher’s unions love to protect.

    But Paul and the Dems want good students in bad schools to stay there.

  444. NYCmike says:

    “NYCmike: Yes, Betsy DeVos is destroying eduction in our nation.”

    -She must have taught you how to spell “eduction”…..

  445. janz says:

    Devos is hated by the left, mainly because she is advocating for students, and not for teacher’s unions. When it comes to her educational goals she firmly stresses school choice and improving education via those choices. I’m all for that!

  446. janz says:

    I was at a Christmas party the other day and a liberal friend made similar “Paul” comments about DeVos. Basically, far leftists get unhinged by people making their own choices, with the exception of issues dealing with abortion. Expressing individualism, in their way of thinking, is akin to a disease!

  447. DW says:

    “far leftists get unhinged by people making their own choices”

    And they have the audacity to call us fascists.

  448. Paul says:

    My son likes to watch the Old Donald Duck shorts. We just were watching one that featured Rand Paul.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfctjw70PtQ

  449. Paul says:

    MNW: Regarding ACA (Obamacare)….

    I own my own business and so need to purchase my own insurance. I’d assume many others would be in the same category, right? I’ve purchased my own insurance for my family since 1999.

  450. mnw says:

    OK, thx.

  451. janz says:

    I think the new definition for fascism is aimed at anyone bold enough to express an opinion opposing social progressive tenets.

  452. Chicon says:

    Hung over today, Paulie?

  453. Waingro says:

    Trump up to 43% approval in Economist/yougov and 45% in Rasmussen. Not great numbers a modest improvement over the past few weeks.

  454. Chicon says:

    464 – Sorry, Wain,Robbie has determined that these polling organizations are fraudulent, at best.

  455. Redmen4ever says:

    from YouGov poll:

    was 2017 a good year for your family? Rs 67-43 Ds 60-39

    was 2017 a good year for the economy in your area? Rs 61-30, Ds 19-60 (Democrats do well, but their areas)

    was 2017 a good year for the national economy? Rs 70-8, Ds 18-40 (‘national economy’ not specific enough for Ds)

    did Trump cut taxes? Rs 83-10 Ds 30-56 (believing your fake news)

    did Trump repeal Obamacare? Rs 44-38 (depends on whether ‘skinny repeal’ actually amounts to repeal), Ds 27-60

    was 2017 a good year for Wall Street? Rs 68-5, Ds 29-23 (even the Ds have to concede this, but not by much)

    was 2017 a good year for the Middle East? Rs 38-20 (Meat Loaf standard, ending 2 out of 3 wars ain’t bad), Ds 6-60 (discriminating against ISIS is bad)

  456. Waingro says:

    Also, the Economist/yougov has the CGB at D+8, which is actually an improvement over last week’s poll and best number for the GOP on RCP right now.

  457. Wobbles says:

    Trump up to 43% approval in Economist/yougov and 45% in Rasmussen.”

    Buh, buh buhhh… Gallup!

  458. Wobbles says:

    I believe Proud Obamacon.

    He said it was into the 20’s.

  459. Blobbie says:

    Melania Trump cut down a tree on the white house lawn and used the wood to roast the Christmas turkey which Trump did not pardon this year

  460. Blobbie says:

    HOW TRUMP AND THE NAZIS STOLE CHRISTMAS TO PROMOTE WHITE NATIONALISM

    “We can say ‘merry Christmas’ again,” he has said on numerous occasions, both during his campaign for president and his presidency. “Christmas is back, better and bigger than ever before,” he told supporters months before the Christmas season.

    But critics counter that Trump is promoting a version of the (Cristmas) holidays that excludes members of other religions

  461. Blobbie says:

    It is Christmas Damn it! A Holiday for Muslims

  462. JC says:

    @Bitter
    Bitterlaw says:
    December 27, 2017 at 11:58 am

    NYC – Yesterday, JC thought it was important to tell us that he would live in a 70% white Congressional district.
    —————-

    No Bitter, I did not ‘think it was important’. I was simply notating the facts I have learned about my new home – voting history, historical district lines, my congressman and his positions, and yes, the demographics of the district on this political and poll blog – because I find this stuff interesting and I like being knowledgeable of where I live.

    You see, going from an enormous urban metropolis to a medium sized community town is quite a drastic change. Going from a predominantly democratic stronghold with a very strong hispanic heritage to a republican stronghold that is older, whiter, and predominantly protestant is also a drastic change.

    I find these changes not only interesting, but a great learning experience to see just how different life is like between one group of Americans vs another.

    I don’t appreciate it when someone takes what I say, imagines sinister motives behind it, and then insinuates that I’m something in which I’m not.

  463. JC says:

    Wobbles says:
    December 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Trump up to 43% approval in Economist/yougov and 45% in Rasmussen.”
    ——————

    Obama’s approval range was between 40-50%. Trump’s range is between 35-45% (because of the NeverTrumper faction of the GOP, he doesn’t have a fully united base like Obama did).

    Anywhere in the 40s is very good news for Trump.

  464. Wobbles says:

    It’s not true experts said the tree was dead and needed to be cut for safety reasons.

    Melania Trump is a truly horrible person, she cut down 200 year old beautiful historic tree because she hates nature and trees and really wants the WH lawn to look like the Sahara Desert.

    Of course if it had been cut down in the Obama Administration, I would have said:

    Michelle Obama’s thoughtful and heroic measures saves lives when she almost single handedly with the minor assistance of 50 gardeners cuts down dangerous dead tree posing an imminent danger.

  465. jason says:

    Anywhere in the 40s is very good news for Trump.”

    Of course it is.

    He only got 46% of the vote so it would mean he has lost very little support.

    But it doesn’t fit the Jebbot meme of “disastrous Presidency”.

    And of course, if Trump is at 45% in November of 2018 there will be no blue tidal wave.

  466. NYCmike says:

    https://faceintheblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/in-a-mass-knife-fight-to-the-death-between-every-american-president-who-would-win-and-why/

    -This is pretty good, and I am sure some here would love to add some of their knowledge and opinion.

  467. NYCmike says:

    Geez Louise! That is from 2012!

  468. NYCmike says:

    https://spectator.org/the-insufferable-nostalgia-of-a-lying-press/

    -This link is more current (h/t Instapundit, again)

  469. JC says:

    NYCmike says:
    December 27, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    https://faceintheblue.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/in-a-mass-knife-fight-to-the-death-between-every-american-president-who-would-win-and-why/

    -This is pretty good, and I am sure some here would love to add some of their knowledge and opinion.
    ————————

    I was just about to post that!

    Some critiques;

    I don’t care what kind of futuristic wheel chair you give FDR. He would be among the first to die.

    I also think the Bush’s would make the top 10. The duo would of course team up, giving them one of the best advantages on the field. And both have military experience.

    JFK would die early. The man was used to having everything handed to him.

    I think Trump would last to the middle of the pack. He’s tall and has an imposing personality, but lack of experience would have him down once just the war veterans are left.

    I think Bill Clinton would also make it to the middle.

    Jackson would be the eventual winner for sure.

  470. NYCmike says:

    Very good, JC!

  471. NYCmike says:

    https://amgreatness.com/2017/12/26/back-to-the-future-from-scooter-libby-to-donald-trump/

    -one other link from Instapundit.

    I am pretty confused about the Libby deal – what crime did he commit?

  472. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Here is a video of homeless tents lining streets in Los Angeles. You can see the same in San Diego and San Francisco.

    While Governor Brown travels the world cocktail circuit, speaking about climate change and his multi-billion dollar bullet train, his state increasingly resembles a third world country.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7HozzSGakA

  473. DW says:

    483 – But they will all will be told they never had it so good, and if they vote for the R they will be packed away to concentration camps. So then on election day, they are given a sandwich, a shot of whiskey, and a ride to the polls where they will vote D.

  474. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    A quote: “California is America’s proof incarnate that socialism doesn’t work! Any questions?”

  475. Blobbie says:

    i would win the HHR knife fight!

    Bitterlaw would go early, his diabetes lawyerly nature would end him quickly

    Walt and Cash Cow would be one of the last teams to go down fighting.

    All the Trump CHUMPS Like Jason and NYCMike would be hunted down quickly and killed.

  476. jason says:

    Ronald Reagan, hands down.

    He starred in dozens of movies, including a bunch of military roles and Westerns, even playing a gangster.

    I am sure he was trained in various martial arts including knife fighting.

  477. jason says:

    All the Trump CHUMPS Like Jason and NYCMike would be hunted down quickly and killed.”

    Yeah, NYC would sacrifice himself right away to send a message.

    Not me, I would use my best llama slaughtering techniques on people instead.

  478. lisab says:

    i don’t care what bitterlaw thinks

    i like puppies and kittens! so sue me!

  479. DW says:

    “California is America’s proof incarnate that socialism doesn’t work! Any questions?”

    Yes, when is election day so we can go vote to ensure incarnate socialism stays in force so my family doesn’t work and the welfare checks keep coming?

    –California liberals.

  480. lisab says:

    vanity fair’ssuggested hillary clinton’s new year’s resolution list

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvvFjC2xsH4

    vanity fair is getting pounded on twitter for this

  481. lisab says:

    Pringle Bells
    @askceil
    Replying to @VanityFair
    How about you and your staff of self-important, presumptive, condescending, attention-deprived, tone-deaf, amateurish, un-funny, un-wanted, un-polished, half-witted political neophytes make a resolution to shut up.

  482. lisab says:

    lowkell
    ?

    @lowkell
    Dec 26
    More
    Replying to @VanityFair
    Seriously? Trump is destroying the country, and THIS is the crap you’re focused on? What next, “her emails?” Grrrrrrrrrrrr.

  483. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    2020. “vanity fair’ssuggested hillary clinton’s new year’s resolution list
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvvFjC2xsH4
    vanity fair is getting pounded on twitter for this”

    One gets the impression the Democrats are not going to be on big happy family going into 2020.

  484. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    If I was a Democrat, my comment to Hillary would be: “How can we miss you when you won’t go away.”

  485. Bitterlaw says:

    Washington and Jackson would be the last 2 Presidents standing in a knife fight. Lincoln was a great wrestler but there is little evidence of combat skills with knives for him.

  486. lisab says:

    i hope hillary runs again

    it would be fabulous!

  487. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Now Bernie Sanders has gone off on his own and called Trump’s tax cuts for the middle class a good thing, and thinks they should be made permanent. So much for Pelosi’s Armageddon:

    “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday agreed the tax cuts for the middle class in the GOP tax bill are a “very good thing” — but added they should have been made permanent.

    “That’s why we should’ve made the tax breaks for the middle class permanent. But what the Republicans did is made the tax breaks for corporations permanent, the tax breaks for the middle class temporary,” Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

  488. mnw says:

    SDC

    I think they WILL be one happy family. Hillary is just history now. All the rest of the DEMs seem to be on the same page, altho the DEM center has moved the Sanders/Warren direction.

  489. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    496. I would probably add Theodore Roosevelt, he seemed an outdoorsy type.

  490. lisab says:

    i have never donated to a political campaign,

    but i would donate $20 dollars american

    if hillary would run again for president

  491. Bitterlaw says:

    I forget about TR. Badass dude.

  492. mnw says:

    lisab

    Lost cause. She won’t run, & if she did, she’s not nominatable.

    The DEMs have heard all they care to hear about the Clinton Foundation, Uranium1, & the missing emails, I suspect.

  493. NYCmike says:

    “The DEMs have heard all they care to hear about the Clinton Foundation, Uranium1, & the missing emails, I suspect.”

    -Robbie says they are INNOCENT on all counts, and we should stop speaking about last year.

  494. lisab says:

    She won’t run, & if she did, she’s not nominatable.
    ——————

    it would be an epic run

  495. JC says:

    lisab says:
    December 27, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    She won’t run, & if she did, she’s not nominatable.
    ——————

    it would be an epic run
    ————

    The Clinton machine died when the Clinton Foundation was shut down.

    With no more government access to sell, the Clintons became powerless. They no longer have a strangle-hold on the democratic party.

  496. jason says:

    Nominatable?

    Spellcheck doesn’t like it, but I do.

    Hello, Webster? Go to work.

  497. jason says:

    Well, donations are very poll driven.

    If by chance there were some polls showing Hillary with a huge lead for both the nomination AND the GE, she would get money.

    But I don’t think even fake polls would show that.

  498. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    499. “I think they WILL be one happy family. Hillary is just history now. All the rest of the DEMs seem to be on the same page, altho the DEM center has moved the Sanders/Warren direction.”

    I cannot see the tech barons who fund the Democratic Party accepting Sanders/Warren. They will find somebody to run who oozes progressive rhetoric, but will preserve their privileged position. They have too much to lose.

  499. JC says:

    SanDiegoCitizen says:
    December 27, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    “They will find somebody to run who oozes progressive rhetoric, but will preserve their privileged position. They have too much to lose.”
    ——————–

    They’ll push one of their own.

    Zukerburg says hello to his fellow humans.

  500. jason says:

    Not to mention Hillary is not aging well.

  501. jason says:

    Sanders/Warren would be a great ticket.

    A 78-year old Jewish communist and a 70-year old fake Indian female communist.

    148 years of demagoguery.

  502. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    510. Zuckerburg’s political aspirations crashed and burned. His initial outreach was a flop. Tech donated heavily to Kamala Harris in her senate election in California.

    “The Democratic donor class is abuzz about Kamala Harris after the freshman California senator was feted this weekend at an event in the Hamptons surrounded by top fundraisers.
    The Bridgehampton event, where Harris mingled with top donors and supporters of Hillary Clinton, was the ultimate signal that Harris is “thinking much bigger” than the Senate, one top bundler said.
    “She’s running for president. Take it to the bank,” another fundraiser said. “She’s absolutely going to run.”
    Donors say Harris is giving them a glimmer of hope when they need it the most.
    They see the former prosecutor-turned-California attorney general as embodying the qualities a Democratic presidential candidate would need to win the White House in 2020.”

  503. jason says:

    Democrats, the party of young people!

  504. Wobbles says:

    Uranium I is a hoax.

    I only pay attention to real scandals like Mika’s Facegate.

  505. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    I don’t see the Sanders/Warren stepping aside willing for Kamala Harris, so expect fireworks in 2020.

  506. lisab says:

    warren said she is not running

  507. JC says:

    Harris isn’t going to win back states like PA, WI, or IA. And I have a hard time seeing her appeal to OH.

    I think even Warren would do better than Harris.

  508. lisab says:

    i guess it was too easy to attack her minority status

  509. lisab says:

    but would harris win utah, idaho and texas?

  510. jason says:

    Having prevented the oceans from rising, Obama will devote the next 20 years to slowing hurricanes and natural disasters.

    Point of order: if “natural” disasters can be slowed, are they still “natural”?

    “Today those aren’t my direct responsibilities but I can focus over the next 20 years in making sure that we don’t have more hurricanes and natural disasters that are accelerated as a consequence of climate change and the ability to focus long term I think is a great luxury.”

  511. jason says:

    You have to have a big ego if you can go on TV to say you will be making sure hurricanes and natural disasters are not “accelerated”.

  512. jason says:

    I think insurance companies should hire Obama… he can save them a fortune.

  513. jason says:

    Kamala Harris is a lightweight, a year in the Senate and already thinks she can be President?

    Oh, wait…

  514. mnw says:

    jason

    “Nominatable” is a neologism of my own creation!

    RE: Hill in ‘20:

    The tricks she & W-Schultz played have left a lot of hate & resentment floating around still.

  515. jason says:

    What about the Joker?

  516. jason says:

    The Foundation still exists, but they have nothing to sell at the moment.

  517. jason says:

    Maybe Hillary can sell access to Trump by mailing out this picture.

    https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article7933515.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Donald-Trump.jpg

  518. Tina says:

    Quit cherrypickung the polls. Lord arsehat has trump at 22%

    Jebot

  519. Chicon says:

    520 – Lisa, Wobbles would say that Trump has no shot at those states in 2020.

  520. jason says:

    Lord Arsehat has traveled extensively in those states so when he expresses a wrong opinion he knows what he is talking about.

  521. Redmen4ever says:

    Mwlania cutting down the WH tree (or part thereof) – wouldn’t you know the part of the tree see cut down was the last unracist this in America.

  522. Hugh says:

    513. Zuckerman et al. Google amazon etc. should be broken up. The sooner the better. Getting rich off an infrastructure they did not build and do not pay for. We pay for cable so these guys can get obscenely rich. Worse yet they use algorithms to push information to promote their world view. They have nothing over tobacco companies. They buy off dems with money and promoting their politics and Republicans cannot separate themselves from their ignorance that somehow anything big business related is good. Largest monopolies ever out to destroy businesses with no concern for their own profits. It’s nuts.

  523. Tgca says:

    Today I had my prostate exam. Discuss.

  524. jason says:

    Careful Hugh, this kind of thing gets monitored.

    You could be cut off from the Internet and from shopping for anything forever.

  525. jason says:

    Today I had my prostate exam. Discuss.”

    Well, what TGCA did was a rectal exam where the doctor feels out the prostate for any nodules or lumps.

    It normally only takes a few seconds.

    I have done it three times and survived each time.

  526. Chicon says:

    Tg, did you even feel the violation?

  527. Wobbles says:

    Who cares about Tgca’s prostate when we are so close to reversing the results of the election.

  528. ssq says:

    I wish we wouldn’t discuss male body parts on a family blog.

    Thank you.

  529. Chicon says:

    Family blog?

  530. jason says:

    I got a message from Lord Arsehat:

    “What a smashing discussion. Carry on. Ta ta.”

  531. jason says:

    We need to outlaw vegan diets…I hope Americans Against Vegan Related Violence will take a strong stand.

    “The man suspected of fatally shooting his former wife and two children in Phoenix on Christmas is a vegan chef and motivational speaker.

    Anthony Milan Ross, 45, was taken into custody shortly after 10 p.m. Monday after exchanging gunfire with officers following a six-hour standoff, a Phoenix police spokesman said Tuesday.

    Fans of Ross on social media have been shocked by the news.

    Many commented on a Facebook video posted on Christmas Eve of Ross singing with his 11-year-old son, Nigel, whom police found the next day shot in a Phoenix apartment, along with his 10-month-old sister, Anora.”

  532. Tgca says:

    541 Chicon

    Yes, I felt totally violated and used too. Afterwards, he was like let’s do this again in a year or two. He didn’t even ask for my number. This is so wrong. #MeToo

  533. Bitterlaw says:

    Today I had my prostate exam. Discuss.

    For Tgca, it is called a prostate exam in a doctor’s office.

    In Miami, he calls it Saturday night.

    Zing!

  534. Tgca says:

    I don’t go out to Miami on Sat nights. If I did, I might bump into Marco at a foam party.

  535. BayernFan says:

    My doc doesn’t do that anymore. He says the PSA test is sufficient.

  536. Tgca says:

    Blood work is not sufficient because it may not pick up enlarged prostate which could be a sign of a number of things. Also, it’s important to look at trend of PSA and not absolute values. Physical inspection in any diagnostic exam should always accompany test readings. This is why many men are misdiagnosed at times. I’ve had 4 tests over 20 years by different doctors in different states and they all stated not to rely on PSA tests alone which can be too late.

  537. Tina says:

    Did you feel the vibration?

    Does that qualify for a gay post?

    Just asking.

  538. Tgca says:

    I had the unfortunate situation of having an enlarged prostate during college that ended up causing other urinary problems. A PSA test would not have picked that up, and normally no one under 30 would do a PSA test or even a prostate exam. However, men need to consider their reproductive health and well-being at all ages, but frequency of testing should of course increase with age.

  539. Tgca says:

    Feel the Vibration? Good vibrations? Isn’t that a Marky Mark song from the 90s?

  540. Bitterlaw says:

    Talking about Tgca’s prostate is just not as fulfilling as discussing ABORTION.

  541. GF says:

    Bitterlaw says:
    December 27, 2017 at 8:06 am
    I don’t know if you can successfully pray for somebody to die. Personally, I know that I have never been able to succeed in praying for my own death.

    I confess that for my birthday last year, I wished (and prayed) that the Good Lord would call my father (then ailing with severe Alzheimer’s and bed-ridden) home. Exactly a week later, on July 4th, he was gone. I still feel awful about that, but know that it was time for his suffering to end.

    Haven’t been around much, hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year ahead!??

  542. lisab says:

    hi GF,

    good to hear from you. sorry about your father.

    i hope you had a good christmas too. have a happy new year!

    are you still in the navy?

  543. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    554. Here is the Marky Mark “Vibrations” video from 1991. Wahlberg did a successful job of using it as a springboard to a highly successful acting career. He also is a dedicated family man.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDQV2iXgZjQ

  544. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    “The “AI Index” released by Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SRI International, and other research organizations shows artificial intelligence produced in the United States is no smarter than a five-year-old. And Yann LeCun, the head of AI for Facebook, said even the most advanced artificial intelligence systems are no sharper on the uptake than vermin (rat).”

    Looks like we have a found a way to clone politicians

  545. MichiganGuy says:

    2018 Florida Senate GE (Gravis)

    Bill Nelson (D) 44% (+5)
    Rick Scott (R) 39%

    http://orlando-politics.com/2017/12/27/gravis-marketing-2018-florida-poll-results/

  546. MichiganGuy says:

    2018 Florida Governor Republican Primary:

    Putnam 23%
    Desantis 12%
    Latvala 2%
    Corcoran 2%
    White 1%
    Uncertain 60%

    2018 Florida Governor Democratic Primary:

    Graham 18%
    Gillum 12%
    Levine 6%
    King 3%
    Greene 2%
    Uncertain 60%

    2018 Florida Governor GE:
    Putnam (R) 32%
    Graham (D) 32%
    .
    Putnam (R) 27% (+4)
    Graham (D) 23%
    Morgan (I) 17%

    http://orlando-politics.com/2017/12/27/gravis-marketing-2018-florida-poll-results/

  547. Blobbie says:

    Of course the Democrats will win Florida

    You TRUMP CHUMPS have not learned anything yet

    Trum is going to cause the republicans to lose every election from now on.

  548. Blobbie says:

    Every prediction I have made has come true so far!

  549. jason says:

    Trum is going to cause the republicans to lose every election from now on.”

    His cousin, Frum, thinks the same thing.

  550. Wobbles says:

    You guys can go suck on an egg.

    Idaho WAS in play until the voters made me look like an ass.

    And Idaho DOES look a lot like Utah from 30,000 feet, especially on a very cloudy day.

  551. Wobbles says:

    I had good reason to predict AR for Hillary.

    Everyone in AR loves her. She stayed in the governor’s mansion baking cookies while Bill banged every woman in sight and out of sight too.

    People admire that sort of abject sacrifice for the sake of love.

  552. jason says:

    and other research organizations shows artificial intelligence produced in the United States is no smarter than a five-year-old. ”

    Don’t knock it. They are already ahead of Proud ObamaCON and Paul.

    Sounds like in another month or two they will reach Wobbie.

  553. Tina says:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/946216421138165761

    He will not be a cnn legal analyst too much longer. Claims weird stuff with the weaponized fbi against trump.

  554. Tina says:

    CNN Legal Analyst Paul Callan: “Originally, I was angered at the president’s attacks on the FBI…but when I started to delve into the facts, boy there’s some really disturbing stuff here.”

    This is so one sided now.

    Rottie Rubbish aka jebot.

  555. messy says:

    569. Yeah, there was a cabal who was trying to destroy the Democratic party in general and Hillary Clinton in particular. They didn’t realize that “Clinton Cash” was a novel.

  556. Bitterlaw says:

    Don’t feel bad, GF. My aunt had Altzheimers. While she was competent, she gave me power of Attorney and completed a Do Not Resuscitate directive. She knew I would ho or her wishes. When she was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and another infection, the doctor asked if I wanted her to receive antibiotics. He said it would help her but she would likely be back in a few weeks with another life-threatening ailment. I said to let her go. She died the next day.

    She knew my dad and my brother were not strong enough to let her suffering end.

  557. Bitterlaw says:

    At least she was interested in him.

  558. MichiganGuy says:

    37 Things White People Need To Stop Ruining In 2018

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/patricepeck/37-things-white-people-ruined-in-2017?bftw&utm_term=.tqQbdVJgJ#.id4BrAaRa
    ————————————————————————–
    In yet another example of the left’s brazen anti-white racism.

  559. DW says:

    There must be a global warming convention scheduled somewhere:

    COLD BLAST HEARTLAND; CHILLS SUBZERO…
    Record -37° in Minnesota…
    Temps 30° BELOW normal…
    Some of most extreme cold ‘ever observed’ in central Missouri…
    Waterfall freezes!
    Cold Turns Deadly…
    Arctic Blast: Canada…
    Siberia, Antarctica Warmer Than NH…
    UPDATE: Erie, PA pummeled by record 5 feet of snow…
    NATIONAL GUARD MOBILIZED…
    LIVE CHILL MAP…

  560. Redmen4ever says:

    Even D’s say Trump is making America great again.

    Morning Consult:

    2018 better/worse than 2017: D’s 47 to 29, R’s 67 to 11

    https://morningconsult.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/December-20-21-new-year-crosstabs.pdf

  561. JC says:

    Trump’s Wildly Successful First Year Again Exposes #NeverTrump as Amoral Saboteurs: http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/12/21/nolte-trumps-wildly-successful-first-year-exposes-nevertrump-amoral-saboteurs/

    Remember these names: Jonah Goldberg, David Frum, Bill Kristol, Rich Lowry, Max Boot, Mitt Romney, John Kasich, Joe Scarborough, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Jennifer Rubin, George Will, Josh Jordan, Tom Nichols, Charles Cooke, Stephen Hayes, Tim Miller, John Podhoretz, Nicole Wallace, Steven Schmidt, Bret Stephens, Ross Douthat, Leon Wolf, David Brooks, Rick Wilson, Evan McMullin, Stuart Stevens, Red State, National Review, the Weekly Standard…

    These are the so-called conservative men, women, and institutions who (among others) fought the hardest to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, all in the unforgivable hope that Hillary Clinton would become president.

    These are so-called conservatives who have, for nearly two years now, been promoting themselves and fundraising by smearing Trump as incompetent and “not a real conservative,” as a “Democrat in sheep’s clothing” — when, in fact, all of that best describes #NeverTrump.

    These are the so-called conservatives who — after Trump’s first year in office — have now been proven as wrong as wrong can be. If their conservative credentials lost all credibility during a 2016 campaign during which they used whatever residual influence they had to hand the Oval Office to Clinton, the proven results of the past year should mean that they are written off forever as idiots, quacks, mercenaries, and con men.

    Trump has had, in my opinion, the most successful first year of any president since Ronald Reagan. And not just a consequential first year that has already built a legacy, but a conservative first year. Below, I do my best to list these accomplishments, but there are so many, forgive me if a few are missed:

    Real, honest-to-goodness tax reform and cuts — the most consequential in 30 years.
    Opening ANWR for oil exploration, an accomplishment few can appreciate who do not remember the 90s and what a sacred cow this is for the left.
    Killing the Obamacare mandate that brutalized those making less than $50,000 a year.
    The Islamic State (ISIS) has been decimated.
    After a 2016 of just 1.9 percent GDP growth, we have now had two quarters in a row of growth over three percent; predictions for the final quarter of 2017 are as high as four percent.
    Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who has already proven himself the perfect replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.
    The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines are a go — which means tens of thousands of jobs.
    A record number of judicial appointments on the appeals courts.
    The end of the War on Coal.
    A surge in coal mining after 2016’s decline.
    The end of the federal government’s violating the religious conscience through indefensible Obamacare mandates involving birth control and abortion pills.
    The civil rights movement for school choice is getting the green light throughout the country.
    Illegal immigration is way down.
    The stock market hit record highs 70 times in 2017, rising 5,000 points for the first time ever.
    The long-overdue recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    We are free of the awful Paris climate treaty.
    Regulatory reform that is just getting started, but it has already had a hugely positive effect on our economy.
    Withdrawal from the Global Compact on Migration, which undercut American sovereignty.
    Return of nearly two million acres to the state Utah that the federal government had stolen.
    A $250 billion trade deal with China.
    Many of our NATO allies are finally paying their dues.
    Consumer confidence is the best we have seen in more than a decade.
    Pulled us out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in favor of the American worker and sovereignty.
    Trump has managed to get China to help rein in North Korea.
    Black unemployment is at a 17-year low.
    Hispanic unemployment is at an all-time low.
    Overall unemployment is at one percent.
    Manufacturing jobs boom.
    Standing up for persecuted Christian minorities in the Middle East.
    Promoting Christmas.
    Banning or demanding stronger vetting from countries most likely to import terrorists.
    Housing sales are at an 11-year high.
    Ban on transgender military recruits.

    Now, you need to close your eyes and imagine what the list above would look like had #NeverTrump won the day and made Hillary Clinton president.

    Now, try to imagine any one of the 16 Republicans who competed for the 2016 nomination accomplishing all of this, or even having the courage to stand up to a media onslaught to accomplish all of this, or even being, yes, conservative enough to do things like pull us out of the Paris climate agreement (something the Republican establishment’s failed 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, opposes).

    Trump’s conservatism, his competence, his willingness to stand up to gale force media hate to keep his promises, is unlike anything we have seen since 1981.

  562. JC says:

    DW says:
    December 28, 2017 at 9:11 am

    There must be a global warming convention scheduled somewhere:
    —————

    lol.

    It snowed in San Antonio last month for the first time in 20+ years.

    This Global Warming sucks.

  563. MichiganGuy says:

    President Trump sends fewer Mexicans home than Obama.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-27/trump-sends-fewer-mexicans-back-home-despite-deportation-talk
    ————————————————————————–
    That can’t be right. The media told me Trump is a racist; who hates Mexicans and Obama is Mr.Perfect.

  564. Chicon says:

    Is there any negative Trump news to draw out Robbie?

    Maybe he’ll just drop by to deride the quality of sources cited. Or to give us a quality legal opinion.

  565. Redmen4ever says:

    Trump IS the wall.

    Why fewer Mexicans are being sent back: You have to cross the border to be sent back.

  566. Chicon says:

    http://blog.dilbert.com/2017/12/22/determine-talk

    Dilbert creator with a piece seemingly written for Robbie.

  567. Chicon says:

    Red – I thought I read that border crossings have increased again after initially declining upon Trump’s ascension.

  568. mnw says:

    I’m never sure if the news stories about Immigration are talking about refused entry or voluntary removal or deportations, or all of those combined.

    MG

    Thx for the FL polls. Gravis is the best one for Nelson I’ve seen in a long while. For a longtime incumbent, that’s still pretty bad. OTOH, Scott is a de facto incumbent himself.

    Tgca

    Do you have any great thoughts to share with us about the state of play in the Sunshine State?

  569. mnw says:

    RAS 46% JA today.

    If it’s ever been better than 46, I don’t remember it.

    Almost identical to Zero after he’d been in office the same length of time.

    Blue wave: maybe, maybe not. They make more noise, but RNC reports good FR numbers (not a dime from me, btw), and VR numbers seem good for GOP too, so far,

  570. Chicon says:

    Mnw – as Robbie annoyingly points out over and over again, Rasmussen stands as a consistent outlier on JA. Assuming that they’re not stepping on the scale, what do you suspect are the reason(s) for the difference.

  571. mnw says:

    I dunno, but I’ve always found RAS to be reliable. RAS has had PDT in the low 30s at times, btw. In any event, RAS has Trump & Zero at the same place, one year in.

    Wes could probably explain the differences among the daily tracking polls.

    I would love to give Trump advice about making little surgical strikes into blue territory: Asian-Americans; police unions; etc.

  572. NYCmike says:

    “Now, try to imagine any one of the 16 Republicans who competed for the 2016 nomination accomplishing all of this, or even having the courage to stand up to a media onslaught to accomplish all of this, or even being, yes, conservative enough to do things like pull us out of the Paris climate agreement (something the Republican establishment’s failed 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, opposes).”

    -I have to look at the list again to see if I agree with everything, but at first glance, please tell me where Nolte is wrong to write this paragraph about the other politicians who ran for President on the Republican side, as well as about Mitt Romney.

  573. NYCmike says:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-mccain-associate-subpoenaed-in-trump-dossier-probe/article/2644460

    -Interesting – if McCain, in some way, got mixed up in this, does that diminish him in any way, or will any criticism of him still bring out those who say his political shenanigans can’t be criticized that much?

  574. JC says:

    NYCmike says:
    December 28, 2017 at 10:46 am
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-mccain-associate-subpoenaed-in-trump-dossier-probe/article/2644460

    -Interesting – if McCain, in some way, got mixed up in this, does that diminish him in any way, or will any criticism of him still bring out those who say his political shenanigans can’t be criticized that much?
    —————————————

    “But he’s a war hero!!!!!1111!!!1eleven111”

  575. Chicon says:

    Mike – I don’t think McCain is above criticism, despite legit war hero status. In this particular case, though, it looks to me like McCain got some info and gave it to the FBI. Sounds like the right thing to do. Could be more to the story, I guess.

  576. NYCmike says:

    Chicon,

    Balanced criticism and skepticism. Well done. Thanks.

  577. Redmen4ever says:

    number of illegal border crossings from Mexico:

    The number of illegals crossing collapsed and recently has rebounded. Year-over-year, it’s down; and, so, year-over-year deportations down. (THAT’s what the lying media was lying about.)

    If you want to look at Dec-to-Dec figures, as opposed to year-to-year figures, go ahead. I’m not your graduate assistant.

    Why are illegal border crossings up? Jobs. There’s two things in play. The increased incentive and the increased enforcement effort.

    Trump wants those jobs to go to Americans. We’ve got the white and yellow unemployment rates to about as low as they can go. We want the Hispanic and black unemployment rates to not only reach historic low levels, but to start to approach white and yellow levels.

  578. JC says:

    The Demolition President: http://blog.dilbert.com/2017/12/28/the-demolition-president/#more-16719

    President Trump has delivered on a number of promises for his base. But there was an impressive amount of breakage along the way. You might say he President Trump did as much demolition as he did construction. The press is doing a good job of telling us what he accomplished in 2017. But they keep leaving out all the stuff he broke that probably needed to be broken. I’ll fix that for you here.

    GOP – Trump broke the GOP and reconstructed it along his terms, successfully it seems.
    DNC – The DNC has no charismatic leader, no game plan, and little money.
    Clinton Dynasty – Done
    Bush Dynasty – Done
    Mainstream Media – The public learned that news coverage is based on bias as much as fact.
    NFL – Ratings down, attendance down.
    FBI (leadership) – The FBI as a whole is still highly credible, but the leadership is not.
    Pundits – Nearly all the pundits were wrong about Trump’s nomination, election, and successful (by Republican standards) first year.
    Government Regulations – For good or bad, we have fewer regulations now.
    Hollywood – Big stars are alienating 40% of their potential audience whenever they take time off from groping.
    North Korea – They used to have a pathetic but functioning economy. That situation is changing rapidly.
    ISIS – Remember ISIS? They used to be a big deal.
    TPP – Pulled out
    Paris Climate Accord – Pulled out

  579. Chicon says:

    Red, perhaps illegal border crossings have returned to a previous rate because the fear of Trump’s brown shirts rounding up illegals turned out to be overblown?

    And why the anger?

  580. mnw says:

    I think the reason the fakenewsleft likes to blare, “Deportations are actually DOWN under Trump!” is twofold:

    1) to demonstrate that Trump is a fraud on Immigration— that he has suckered his drooling supporters into believing he’s doing something when in fact he’s done nothing; and

    2) to demonstrate that Zero was actually tougher on illegal immigration than Trump is!

  581. NYCmike says:

    DC (sucks)!

  582. Bitterlaw says:

    Damn you, Wissing!

    DC

  583. MichiganGuy says:

    Pervert Alert:

    “A longtime CNBC show director has been accused of spying on his teen nanny with a hidden bathroom camera, continuing a relentless string of sex scandals for NBCUniversal.

    The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Dan Switzen hid a spy camera in a tissue box in the bathroom of his Westchester, N.Y. home in order to spy on his teenage au pair.”

    http://amp.dailycaller.com/2017/12/27/cnbc-director-accused-of-spying-on-teen-nanny/

  584. jason says:

    I always said that those that thought Trump was going to deport a lot of people were in for a big disappointment. And believe me Trump is dying to make a deal on DACA, which is fine with me.

    The fact is, the things I don’t like about Trump such as the physical wall, tariffs, ending Nafta, protectionism, isolationism on the world stage, anti-Nato rhetoric, etc. have not really happened.

    What I do like about him, conservative judges, energy policy, rebuilding the military, avoiding the global warming money black hole, deregulation, lower taxes, countering the MSM, etc are happening.

    If saying that makes me a Trump Chump, such is life.

  585. jason says:

    “does that diminish him in any way,”

    No, it does not.

  586. jason says:

    those who say his political shenanigans can’t be criticized that much?”

    Zzzzzzz…. nobody said you can’t disagree with his political positions, I disagree with several myself.

    Moronic straw argument.

  587. Blobbie says:

    what is the gay/lesbian split?

    provincetown is usually 90%+ dem

  588. Blobbie says:

    hillary has won the most admired women 22 times

    16 times in a row!

  589. jason says:

    “Money sickens our minds, poisons our thoughts, even poisons our faith, leading us down the path of jealousy, quarrels, suspicion and conflict. It drives to idle words and pointless discussions. It also corrupts the mind of some people that see religion as a source of profit. ‘I am Catholic, I go to Mass, everyone thinks well of me… But underneath I have my businesses. I worship money”

    A Pope that condemns people for, horrors, actually OWNING A BUSINESS.

    But, hey, just move on, go to Mass, nothing to see here.

  590. jason says:

    Hitler was greatly admired. He was the most popular man in Germany for years.

    Of course the good news on Hillary was that 91% of Americans did not pick her as most admired.