And they come with no warning,
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Continual crisis!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Linkee-poo, the wind in the willow played Love's sweet melody, but all of those vows you made were never to be

"The truth was that after writing 1,000 pages of fake facts, I was tired of it. And frankly everyone's doing it now. So I needed to forge a new path. And what I was left with was the mere awful truth of my life, which is that I am a strange, white, male monster with bad facial hair staring down what I hope is the second half of my life, much of which takes place in the painful beaches of coastal Maine and New England." John Hodgman on his new book, Vacationland.

"The Senate has voted to get rid of a (CFPB) rule that allows consumers to bring class-action lawsuits against banks and credit card companies to resolve financial disputes." Yet I'm sure we'll hear about how this unilateral disarmament against corporate law firms is good for the little guy. Somehow. This Congress just voted to take away your rights of redress. This is why whenever someone tells me the Republicans are for individual rights and protecting citizens I laugh in their faces. "In a statement released shortly after the vote, CFPB Director Richard Cordray said it represented 'a giant setback for every consumer in this country. Wall Street won and ordinary people lost.'"

Fact checking the White House "accomplishments."

"Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for political research into Donald Trump that ultimately produced a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russia, The Associated Press has learned." OMG, oh my god! The Clinton campaign paid for opposition research… just like every other fuckin' presidential campaign. Say, remember when Trump Jr went to a meeting with Russians because he thought they had dirt on the Clintons? Which is worse, paying for an intelligence report on Trump's ties to Russian oligarchs and if the Russians had kompromat on him or meeting with actual Russians to get possible kompromat on your opponent?

"House Republican leaders on Capitol Hill said they were launching two new investigations into Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, keeping alive a pair of storylines that have fueled anger with the party base." It's something that looks like action, and pleases the base, but everyone knows they don't really have to do anything. Everybody knows their roles and their talking points having rehearsed them the last few times Congress investigated this accusations. All that needs to happen is to rewrite the previous reports (and you can have staffers do that, no need to miss any fund raising calls or parties). Again.

"But for now, there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that Clinton’s actions -- ill-advised as they might have been -- were any more problematic than it seemed they were a year ago." Politifact on the Clinton Russia Uranium brouhaha. A lot of noise and light, but not much there there.

"Speaking at Riyadh's Future Investment Initiative conference on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's crown prince said he would be prepared to 'destroy' extremist ideologies in order to put the country in unison with other nations around the world." As I've said with other things, call me when the check clears (or, "I'll believe it when I see it").

Remember how Trump said the Republican healthcare plan would be great and help all Americans and would lower costs? And then how every economic assessment of their actual plans showed the opposite? "The head of the House tax-writing panel isn’t ruling out changes to the 401(k) retirement program to raise revenue for tax cuts, despite President Donald Trump’s promise that the savings plan used by tens of millions of Americans will be untouched." It's a pattern, folks. The president believes he can lie to his supporters and they'll believe it. Well, because his core supporters believe it. Yes, Virginia, the GOP Tax Plan will screw over middle-class and poor families and overwhelmingly increase the income of the rich. Just like every other proposal they've made.

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