Lion of the Blogosphere

Trump press conference

1. Trump really dished it to the media and told them what he really thinks about them. Good for Trump. Trump understands that the mainstream media is his enemy.

2. There were many media questions about Russia and hacking. The media is obsessed with this topic, even though as Trump pointed out the Chinese theft of millions of government personnel records was a much bigger hack yet neither Obama nor the MSM made a very big deal of it.

The media is correct in reporting that Trump seems to be admitting the possibility that the leaked emails came from Russia.

I think Trump did an excellent job of controlling the topic.

3. Trump has put into place a complicated plan to remove himself from his business. His two sons plus an unrelated executive will be running the business and Trump won’t be allowed to know anything about what’s going on in the business. And furthermore, there will be no new foreign business deals while Trump is president, and there will be a new ethics officer who has to approve all domestic deals.

Also, any “profits” from foreign governments will be donated to the U.S. Treasury. (There’s a huge difference between “profit” and “revenue” so you should be clear about what word was used.)

Will this satisfy the Trump-hating mainstream media? I suspect they will still complain about it as part of their propaganda war against Trump. However, it does address all of the major conflict-of-interest concerns that the media has had about Trump’s business, and his lawyer is correct that it’s impossible to truly divest from a multi-billion-dollar closely-held non-publicly-traded business without creating new conflicts of interest by doing so.

4. Trump says he is going to repeal and replace Obamacare.

a. It sounds like Trump really means it.

b. It’s still not clear what “replace” means. Trump sounds like a technocrat who merely wants to create a better Obamacare, which people would probably call Trumpcare. On the other hand, there was a “replacement” plan on his campaign website that was written by right-wing hacks that was bogus as far as it being a replacement, it was just a return to the way things were before Obamacare with a few free-market reforms (none of which were bad reforms in a pre-Obamacare system, but it was absolutely not a replacement).

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Note: I added significantly to this post within the first half hour of originally posting it, so if you read it when immediately released, please re-read. Sorry.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm

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  1. I consider myself seasoned and cynical, and even I’m surprised at the level of hate being directed at the President-elect. Going forward Trump has to employ the “take no prisoners” strategy to the fullest.

    Roli

    January 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    • I’m with you on this. I’m really am shocked at the disrespect and outright insubordination that’s being shown towards him. I suppose I shouldn’t be, but I am. This Is War.

      gothamette

      January 11, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      • Might as well get it right out in the open.

        I think that Trump understands the technique of trying to flush out the hidden enemies.

        A lot of what Trump says is designed to test people, to see where THEY stand NOT to show everybody where he stands.

        Trump knows he has enemies among the Republicans but he has to work with them. His media enemies can be used as a foil against which he can encourage his base’s enthusiasm and anger.

        The media is working for him and they hate to admit it.
        —————————————————-

        Trump’s replacement for Obamacare I think will be built around Dr. Rand Paul’s plan. Randcare.

        We’ll see.

        Rifleman

        January 11, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      • I think it’s important to understand what ObamaCare is.

        Basically, it was a giveaway to insurance companies who thought they would be able to sell huge, expensive policies to people at exorbitant rates. A man, for example, would be forced to buy a policy that included pregnancy and neonatal care and he would not be able to get away from it. The ObamaCare tax penalties would punish anyone who did not buy these plans.

        Well, people saw the price of this stuff, realized that they were not going to cover an additional rent payment for care they don’t need because they are healthy, and did not sign up. Without enforcing penalties. the system imploded. Basically, the Democrats being covered under ObamaCare are simply being subsidized from Medicaid.

        This system is easy get rid of by simply removing the tax penalties.

        map

        January 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      • I think it’s important to understand what ObamaCare is.

        What about Randcare?

        http://rare.us/story/rand-paul-repeal-all-of-obamacare-and-replace-immediately/

        By Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

        Congress will, as its first course of action, vote to repeal Obamacare. It cannot happen soon enough.

        All around us, Obamacare crumbles in chaos. Premiums are exploding. The state run health co-ops are mostly bankrupt. Many individuals who gained subsidized insurance are still, for all practical purposes, without insurance because the deductibles are beyond the reach of low income workers.

        As we repeal Obamacare, we would be wise to vote on its replacement at the same time.

        What should we replace Obamacare with? Perhaps we should try freedom:

        1. The freedom to choose inexpensive insurance free of government dictates.

        2. The freedom to save unlimited amounts in a health savings account.

        3. The freedom to buy insurance across state lines.

        4. The freedom for all individuals to join together in voluntary associations to gain the leverage of being part of a large insurance pool.

        If Congress fails to vote on a replacement at the same time as repeal, the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare. For mark my words, Obamacare will continue to unravel and wreak havoc for years to come.

        The stick of Obamacare was forcing people to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The carrot of Obamacare was allowing people with pre-existing conditions to buy insurance after they were diagnosed. Even with the mandate, many healthy young people refused to buy insurance and the pools of insured Americans under Obamacare are overly burdened by sick individuals and insurance companies are suffering losses.

        Removing the mandate to buy insurance while leaving in place the dictate that people can wait to buy insurance until after they are ill will only accentuate the bankrupting of the insurance industry.

        My fear is that if you leave part of Obamacare in place (the dictate that insurance companies must sell insurance to individuals with pre-existing conditions) then you will see an acceleration of adverse selection and ultimately mass bankruptcy of the healthcare insurance industry.

        Don’t misunderstand me. We should repeal Obamacare, but partial repeal will only accelerate the current chaos and may eventually lead to calls for a taxpayer bailout of insurance companies.

        Related: Rand Paul: Will Donald Trump betray voters by hiring John Bolton?

        Obamacare required the brute force of government through the individual mandate to make people buy insurance. If you repeal this mandate but leave in place dictates as to whom may purchase insurance, you create a business model doomed to fail.

        Principled opponents of Obamacare rejected it because we reject the use of state force to mandate that we buy a commercial good from a private seller. Pragmatic opponents want to keep the feel good aspects of Obamacare while cleaving the individual mandate that forces people to buy insurance.

        Partial repeal of Obamacare will likely win the day, but when the insurance companies come to Washington crying for a bailout don’t say that no one warned of this preventable disaster.

        Rand Paul is the junior senator from Kentucky.

        Rifleman

        January 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

      • “wermin”? R u Slavic, JS?

        Re Savage, well, at least he doesn’t call the left cockroaches. That’s what the Hutus called the Tutsis before the Rwandan genocide.

        I call them big babies. To distinguish them from little babies, who aren’t responsible for their dependent condition.

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 9:04 am

      • “Might as well get it right out in the open.”

        Agreed. The battle lines are drawn.

        On the other hand, the Bernie Wing is not taking part in this, and Bernie himself said something incredible about Trump.

        I linked to a tweet by James Woods (he supported Cruz, but he’s getting more woke by the minute), who embedded the video.

        Bernie expressed admiration for Trump for taking on the powers-that-be: the Republican Party the Democratic party and the media. It was truly surprising.

        A lot of Hillary supporters are still attacking Trump as an old-fashioned Conservative Republican. Bernie has the mental agility to see that that just isn’t so, even if a lot of the people Trump has nominated to his cabinet are conventional Republicans.

        In one sense, this is great. In another, it shows that he is really the more formidable enemy. Because he knows what the situation is. And then there’s another way to look at it: the Democratic party is in a state of Civil War. Let it continue!

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 9:09 am

      • He can’t work with McCain. McCain is the enemy, worse than any Democrat.

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

      • Gothamette,

        Bernie Sanders can go eat s**t and die. He thinks the powers that be are simply in the way of progressivism, i.e, the Bolshevism he really wants.

        map

        January 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      • Given the fact that America is now an atrocious nation, both in an aesthetic and cultural sense, does it matter if it’s truly capitalistic or evolving into a socialistic cesspool?

        We have a nation of value transference capitalists (or parasites) that need a constant draw of fresh blood from their victims, and the White working class can no longer supply. Hence, the large migration of 3rd world primitives into America, who would take their place with dire consequences.

        JS

        January 13, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      • I imagine JS smoking a Gauloise, drinking black coffee, acting like a total flaneur.

        gothamette

        January 16, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      • Montréal can be a fascinating city. There are always free concerts and festivals almost everyday. And the crowds are majority White, unlike NYC, where anything public and free draws a large crowd of NAMs. In St. Catherine St, imagine a half naked Yakov doing his Michael Jackson thing in front of a large crowd of people. Creepy, but fascinating. Seniors in America are boring and so are its young people.

        The place is swimming with culture. There is a boulevard that has a Spanish language bookstore, a Parisian bookshop and a North African cultural center within a few street blocks. What’s multiculturalism in NYC or in America? The kind of circle jerk that one hears from Mayor De Blasio is the best you can do with multiculturalism.

        JS

        January 17, 2017 at 12:27 am

      • The United Nations is in NYC.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 17, 2017 at 7:49 am

      • NYC’s immigrants tend to have low status. Most of them are welfare leeches and miscreants.

        JS

        January 17, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    • “Going forward Trump has to employ the “take no prisoners” strategy to the fullest.”

      No problem. That’s Steve Bannon’s philosophy in a nutshell..

      Lewis Medlock

      January 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm

  2. Despair on NeoGaf over the press conference. They know that Trump killed it. Literally less than 24 hours ago they were talking about Trump going to jail but they know that that isn’t going to happen now and that Trump is stronger than ever.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 11, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    • Amazing how many tech nerds seem to be Trump’s guerrilla army:

      Rifleman

      January 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      • Tech nerds are prole, and proles love Donald Trump.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      • I don’t think you should allow links to 4chan because it’s been linked to pedophilia images and snuff porn.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 11, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      • The link was to images hosted at Twitter.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      • And 4chan sites sometimes have malware.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 11, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      • “Tech nerds are prole, and proles love Donald Trump.”

        Man, who in the world isn’t a prole in your book?

        Stealth

        January 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      • SWPLs are not prole.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      • That’s right, tech geeks are low brow nerds, therefore they are prole. Proles tend not to give a damn about intellectual and cultural stuff.

        JS

        January 12, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    • Even Nymag agrees with you

      gothamette

      January 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm

  3. I didn’t see the entire press conference, but it struck me how aggressive and disrespectful the questioners were towards the President Elect, compared with their reverential tones in front of Obama. And they kept pressing him on the fake news story, when they knew there was no supporting evidence for it. Can anyone imagine them being so disrespectful to Obama?

    The lioncub

    January 11, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    • But you got understand, Obama is black, so, ya know….. A disrespectful tone would be ***racist***.

      President Trump gave it good and hard to the fakestream journalist from CNN, told him twice not to be rude when asking Him a question, and then denied him the question: “No question for you!” Okay, that’s not a direct quote, but he moved on to a different fakestream journalist and didn’t answer the CNN fakestreamer.

      I knew President Trump would be hella entertaining, probably the most entertaining president of all time. The fakestream media should be grateful that he beat that old glue horse, what’s her name.

      hard9bf

      January 11, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      • “But you got understand, Obama is black, so, ya know….. A disrespectful tone would be ***racist***.”

        Actually Trump is Black.

        He’s treated the way liberals imagine other badwhites treat Black people; disrespectful, and not taken seriously. Trump has no privilege with the media.

        Mike Street Station

        January 11, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    • Suddenly the press has rediscovered their crucial watchdog role as Guardian Of Our Freedoms!

      Tarl

      January 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    • The press should always be aggressive and disrespectful towards politicians. That is their job, otherwise we could just read government approved press releases. If they rolled over for Obama, more shame on them. Even towards Trump most of the US media acts ridiculously craven compared to the way British TV journalists routinely attack politicians.

      Peter Akuleyev

      January 13, 2017 at 5:57 am


  4. Trump Derangement Syndrome in full bloom at the Washington Post:

    Here’s libtard, Richard Cohen:

    “How to remove Trump from office”

    “There is, however, another way. Under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, the vice president, together with a “majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide” can remove the president for being “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office…

    But it is plain that the 25th Amendment does give a role to Cabinet members that is not generally considered when they are up for confirmation. This time, however, they should all be asked whether they are aware of the 25th Amendment and, if need be, whether they would be willing to implement it. Some would say that they do not respond to hypotheticals, but a willingness to abide by the Constitution is not a hypothetical. It is, instead, a grave duty.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-to-remove-trump-from-office/2017/01/09/e119cc36-d698-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html?utm_term=.082f5badfd24

    Nedd Ludd

    January 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    • I have always thought Richard Cohen is a POS. Hate him.

      Stealth

      January 11, 2017 at 11:58 pm

  5. I don’t understand why Trump is going after the intel agencies so hard when the dossier wasn’t produced by them. It’s the media that’s pushing the dossier story, so going after the media makes sense, plus the media can’t really hurt him that much. I would imagine the intel agencies are in a better position to hurt him, so I don’t know why he’s going after them.

    Tom

    January 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    • The media controls the message, they can hurt Trump a lot. Trump must be vigilant.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      • More people than ever regard the mainstream media as hopelessly biased and corrupt. Millions have tuned them out and get virtually all of their news and commentary from alternative sources. The media is not nearly as powerful as they once were, and some of them know it.

        Although the media still has the power to damage Trump, he also has the power to weaken them.

        Lewis Medlock

        January 11, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      • The mainstream media is another liberal faction. They serve as a self-fulfilling delusional outlet for SJWs and their minions.

        JS

        January 11, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    • The intelligence agencies did brief Obama on the Dossier so they certainly knew about them. My guess is that Trump is looking to “Drain” the intelligence agencies of potential enemies and replace them with loyalists. There are absolutely people in the CIA who would like to bring him down. He’s going to fire a lot of people. It’s smart on his part.

      JerseyGuy

      January 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      • I was astounded that Dubya Bush did not appear to understand that he had MANY enemies in the Federal bureaucracy, or have a plan to deal with them (or with the media who hated him).

        Tarl

        January 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      • I was astounded that Dubya Bush did not appear to understand that he had MANY enemies in the Federal bureaucracy, or have a plan to deal with them (or with the media who hated him).

        I guess GWB really is stooopid.

        E. Rekshun

        January 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      • Several top CIA officers endorsed Hillary during the election. See, the CIA wants to continue their secret war in Syria (fyi — they’re backing ISIS) as well as going after Russia. Hillary supported both of these very aggressively. And Trump obviously doesn’t. This is a case of the CIA trying to usurp powers that don’t belong to it by interfering in politics. That’s why Trump is going after them. To send a message that the president sets policy and not them. He’s kicking the in the huevos and rightly so.

        destructure

        January 11, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      • gothamette

        January 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      • “Andrew Napolitano: Why the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton is back to front and center”

        What this story says is Sid Blumenthal’s email account was hacked and some Clinton Email was gotten from it.

        The FBI report said that around 30 emails from Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton contained classified information (according to the CIA) and one email contained top secret information. Hillary Clinton says she never read the emails from Blumenthal because they were too long. The FBI questioned Blumenthal about how he obtained the classified information. Blumenthal, who is a journalist, said he got it from retired US intelligence officials and from British political advisers.

        If Blumenthal’s email was hacked and this information passed to hostile foreign governments, then clearly the persons that should be prosecuted for this are the former US intelligence officials that leaked this information to Blumenthal.

        Hillary Clinton had nothing to do with leaking this information.

        mikeca

        January 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      • Mike, really, I thought you were more intelligent than that. Hillary should not have

        1. emailed classified information over an unsecured server to anyone

        2. Emailed classified information to Sydney Blumenthal over any server, secured or not, because he doesn’t have a security clearance. I haven’t looked it up, but I don’t think that being BFFs is sufficient to get a top secret security clearance.

        If she had sent those emails from a secure State Department account, it would not have been any less illegal. Do you understand that concept? Something tells me you don’t, but I had to ask the question.

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      • @mikeca,

        From your comment down blog, it seems that you deny the fact that Hillary sent classified information. At this point, I will no longer deal with you. I can’t waste time on people who are immune to facts. Hillary sent classified information. The FBI claimed that 2000 emails contained classified information. No one denies that the hacked emails she sent to Sidney Blumenthal contained classified information. She sent classified information over an unsecured server to someone without a security clearance. She really should be in jail.

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      • This is a quote from the FBI Report notes on the Clinton Email investigation. You can find this quote starting near the bottom of page 25 of this PDF:

        https://vault.fbi.gov/hillary-r.-clinton/hillary-r.-clinton-part-01-of-05/view

        Investigation determined Sidney Blumenthal, a former political aide to President Clinton and an informal political advisor to Clinton during her tenure at State had direct e-mail contact with Clinton during her tenure at State. FBI investigation identified at least 179 e-mails that Blumenthal sent to Clinton containing information in memorandum format. The State FOIA process identified 24 memos from Blumenthal that contained information currently classified as CONFIDENTIAL and one as SECRET both when sent and currently. The FBI interviewed Blumenthal on January 7, 2016. According to Blumenthal, the content of the memos, which addressed topics in include Benghazi and foreign political developments, was provided to him from a number of different sources to include former USIC employees and contacts as well as contacts withing foreign governments. The memos contained a notation of “CONFIDENTIAL” and then often included a source summary statement similar to those frequently found in USIC intelligence products. Blumenthal indicated he was not tasked to provide this information to Clinton; rather he provided it because he deemed the information helpful, which Clinton occasionally acknowledged via e-mail. Clinton often forwarded the memos to Sullivan asking him to remove information identifying Blumenthal as the originator adn to pass the information to other State employees to solicit their input. According to e-mails between Clinton and Sullivan, Clinton discussed passing the information to the White House, other USG agencies, and foreign governments.

        There is simply nothing in the FBI report about Hillary sending classified information to Sidney Blumenthal. This section of the report indicates that 24 emails FROM Blumenthal contained confidential information and one contained secret, but says Blumenthal got that information from former US intelligence employees and foreign government officials, not from Hillary Clinton.

        I know the fever swamp of Hillary hatters probably claim that it was the other way around, but they are playing fast and lose with their words or outright lying about what the FBI report says.

        mikeca

        January 14, 2017 at 2:53 am

    • The last President who picked a fight with the intelligence agencies was JFK. And that didn’t end well for JFK. The good news for Trump is my sense that our intelligence agencies today are less capable and less cold-blooded than they were in the early 1960s.

      Peter Akuleyev

      January 13, 2017 at 6:01 am

      • The men who ran the CIA in the 60’s were a vastly different breed, men like James Angleton…they did not take kindly to a President screwing up the Bay of Pigs and causing the Cuban missile crisis.

        Today’s CIA people are latte-sucking SWPL’s.

        map

        January 13, 2017 at 5:53 pm

  6. He could be flat-out lying about number four. I hope so. I think one of the good things about Obamacare he said he got rid of means testing for Medicaid and they go by income only. I certainly hope that this is not repealed. I really think that they should figure out a way to put everybody on either Medicare or Medicaid. After everything has settled down they can put people on a tier system and force people to pay for payment on Medicaid.

    gothamette

    January 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    • Right, means testing by wealth discourages people from saving money, which is something the government SHOULD be encouraging.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      • Aside from low future orientation of NAMs, how do you encourage people to save money, when America as a nation is riddled in debt and our tax laws discourage the middle class?

        JS

        January 11, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      • And more good news to curb the low impulses of American consumers: This year, I heard that the IRS is delaying refunds for earned income tax credit filers, not because they want to encourage higher future time orientation, but because identity theft of social security numbers are at a all time high. The IRS needs to put a finger around the rampant problem, because tax refund thieves tend to file early on before the real person files.

        Gothamette is depressed again!

        JS

        January 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      • Gothamette is depressed. I admit it. The race problem is getting on my nerves.

        Look at the crap that is mainstream Orthodoxy:

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/01/11/blackish-dissects-donald-trumps-win-in-thoughtful-post-election-episode/?postshare=181484190151912&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.0adf7b9bb913

        Does anybody here know who Key & Peele is?

        gothamette

        January 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      • “Does anybody here know who Key & Peele is?”

        Yeah, they’re actually kind of funny black comedians. I think they had a film out recently called Keanu, where Keanu was the name of their cat and it got lost. I didn’t watch it.

        They’re not stupid ghetto black, but generally funny and intelligent.

        They had a pretty funny skit, in my opinion, called Negrotown.

        DdR

        January 12, 2017 at 9:10 am

      • In fact, I was thinking of exactly that video when I mentioned Key & Peele. I don’t look at it as benignly as you do. I think it is a completely anti-white piece of agitprop. I don’t think that they are making fun of blacks at all. It is an expression of deep hatred for whites.

        I think that it expresses Key & peele’s deepest feelings that as blacks they will be constantly pursued and hunted by white cops. That the only escape from the horror of white people is to go to an all black safe space. In there all black safe space they express a variety of deep-seated black dreams, especially the one about white b******.

        The fact that blacks can do this at any moment if they desire to but can’t is irrelevant. it is ironic that both Key & Peele have white mothers, but when you think about it it’s not strange at all.

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

    • I really think that they should figure out a way to put everybody on either Medicare or Medicaid.

      If I could buy into Medicare at a reasonable rate I would retire tomorrow!

      E. Rekshun

      January 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      • You can get Medicaid for free, as long as your income (not wealth) is below the cut-off. Can’t beat that.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 11, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      • If you could only work off the books like Yakov and stash your cash under the rug, then getting medicaid is possible. You could also apply to NYC’s poor door apartments with wealthy neighbors, although I think the set income range would be a little too high for Medicaid, and you would need to be a wage earner or collecting social security/disability for that.

        There was an article from a few years ago about a blind man who lived in the outer boroughs and needed regular medical attention at a Manhattan hospital and submitted an application for an affordable housing unit in Hell’s Kitchen and was picked by the lottery system. They rejected him because his income/assets exceeded by $266. I think mostly likely he is Jewish judging by his surname and appearance, but shockingly this did not help him. This would have been completely unfair had he been a black person. The decision makers were probably racial minorities who didn’t want to see a Caucasian benefit from his race privilege, and the fact that he previously lived on the Upper East Side.

        https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130624/hells-kitchen-clinton/blind-man-on-social-security-denied-low-income-housing-over-266

        JS

        January 11, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      • All they wanted was a $266 bribe.

        Glengarry

        January 12, 2017 at 6:39 am

      • You can get Medicaid for free, as long as your income (not wealth) is below the cut-off. Can’t beat that.

        Florida’s Medicaid program is not very generous. According to Medicaid.gov and other sources, an adult over the age of 20 w/o childcare or caretaker responsibilities is not eligible for Medicaid in FL, even w/ $0 income. An SSI recipient automatically qualifies for Medicaid in FL.

        https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/by-state/stateprofile.html?state=florida

        https://www.healthinsurance.org/florida-medicaid/

        21% of Florida’s 20 million residents are on Medicaid!

        E. Rekshun

        January 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      • States were allowed to refuse the Medicaid expansion, even though it was 100% paid for by the federal government. States did that to spite Obama at the expense of their own citizens.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      • ‘If you could only work off the books like Yakov and stash your cash under the rug, then getting medicaid is possible’

        JS, I’m low IQ and low intelligence, but I’m not stupid. Never forget it. My money is invested and is working for me. You still have no clue whom you are talking to here.

        Yakov

        January 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      • Yakov — Tell me, how does one earn a living wage and is still able to get medicaid?

        I know, you cheat on your taxes. There is no other way.

        JS

        January 12, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      • JS, wrong question. Your question should have been how does one qualify for Medicaid and invests in the stock market!? This is a still the wrong question, though. If you don’t know the answer, I wonder if your accounting advice is worth the money.

        Anyway, I had a great workout in the park and I have a nice bottle of wine in the fridge. So now I’m going to drink a toast to the health and well being of all those nice people that help each other. What kind of world would we have if we didn’t? Not my world. This is all I can say, but I hope you understand. Juntos, as they say in Spanish – meaning together. This is a very good toast and I make it quite often. Think about it.

        Yakov

        January 13, 2017 at 12:55 am

      • ‘I know, you cheat on your taxes. There is no other way.’

        JS, your terminology is misleading, dehumanizing and conjures wrong image of me as an individual. A better and more accurate way would be to say that I don’t declare cash transactions and under declare my income. This puts me in a category with the rest of humanity. You mate pay no taxes at all by living in Canada and telecommuting with a US comoany. Some tax purists and fanatics may look negatively on this strategy, but I think that it’s one of the few smart things that you do.

        Yakov

        January 13, 2017 at 7:19 am

      • You’re unlikely to get caught, and if you do get caught, the punishment is just going to be to pay the money to the IRS with a minor penalty. You’re too small to go to jail. Based on a simple gain/possible loss calculation, it pays to cheat.

        However, you shouldn’t brag about cheating the system, that breeds disrespect for the system, which makes the country a worse place to live.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

      • New York State might slam him. New York state is much worse than the IRS.

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 9:51 am

      • Also, all this talk as if qualifying for Medicare is something criminal is bizarre. What are people supposed to do? Die like dogs on the street? I’d lived in the USSR and Israel and both had affordable health care. Obviously American care is the best, but make it reasonable or give us a Soviet alternative. Meanwhile Medicare is the best of both worlds. If the Soviet Union had Medicare, it would have collapsed under its weight though. America will also collapse eventually, but until then or until they figure out something, Medicare is the best. I think it’s as close to communism as anybody has been able to come to. Marx and Lenin would like Medicare.

        Yakov

        January 13, 2017 at 7:34 am

      • I will respond to Yakov’s comments when he comes back from Shabbos.

        The IRS is no longer the intimidating tax authority that knocks on your door. Idiots, morons or imbeciles, whatever you call them constantly talk about the IRS auditing America’s citizens who might have game the system.

        The truth to matter is, state taxing authorities like NY has done most of the crackdowns on tax cheats, abuse of the earned income tax credit and also medicaid fraud. So the real draconian policing authority is not the Federal government, but the highly feared, state and local goon squad. Liberal blue states like NY, NJ and CA, in particular, are very keen in getting money from their residents and are quite relentless.

        JS

        January 13, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      • So Yakov complains that I come across as inhumane for calling him out with medicare fraud.

        America is one of the few sociopathic nations in the world, where the police state and legal industrial complex are as lucrative as any public company like Starbucks and McDonalds, because America’s laws encourage bad behavior, sort of leaving out wet money to be hung dry in the public and this attracts thieves, where this creates a large market in dealing with criminals.

        America exists only to benefit the elites at the top, like a corporate outfit with its board members and chief officers. None of this is good for humanity in the long run, but has a long way to go, before it all vanishes.

        JS

        January 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    • ObamaCare is a wealth transfer scheme for non-whites.

      I know poor whites on ObamaCare who get kicked off after a few months.

      Total scam.

      map

      January 11, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      • Not only that, if your gross income is in taxable territory and do not have health insurance, there is a penalty for not being covered.

        Total scam.

        And we know that the black underclass never reports a living wage relative to individual/family size on their tax returns, because they are the losers of society. Non-black-non-Whites cheat by under-reporting their income and receive all kinds of gov’t benefits.

        JS

        January 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      • And speaking of scams again. Governor Cuomo’s announcement of free college for the middle class in NY is a scam.

        Free college is now feasible for households with income ranges in the 6 figures. Guess who will be paying for it when the tax bill comes out?

        JS

        January 11, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    • What’s really screwed up about Obamacare is the private individual policies on the exchanges. The Medicaid expansion is actually working OK and is responsible for most of the gains in number of people covered under “Obamacare.” I think about 70% of new Obamacare coverage is Medicaid. The Republicans are going to be hard pressed to replace that, since Medicaid low balls provider payments. Real insurance has to pay semi competitive rates.

      Mike Street Station

      January 11, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      • Reading all of these comments a thought occurred to me. Trump knows about all of this. He is not some Midwestern room, or a rich guy living in a bubble. That’s one of the things I really like about him. He has Street smarts, and he is very observant.

        How do I know the Trump knows this? Well, I’ve been watching him for longer than I care to admit. He has expressed himself on a variety of issues in New York City that have nothing to do with real estate.

        But one of his more interesting ideas which he floated 25 years ago did have to do with real estate. he offered to pay several billion dollars cash for all of the housing projects. Naturally, the offer was turned down, but I thought it was a very interesting offer, and long before he ran for president, I was impressed with the fact that he had an out-of-the-box idea to solve a long-running problem in New York. Those housing projects are a festering sore. Obviously, he made the offer because he thought he could make money off of it, but I think he also was trying to solve a societal problem.

        He will come up with many interesting ideas, trust me. He will keep the Hillary wing of the Democrats tied up in knots.

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 9:30 am

      • Midwestern rube, sorry. I’m dictating.

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 9:32 am

      • Midwesterners aren’t rubes.

        not too late

        January 14, 2017 at 1:00 am

  7. Trump should just come right out in a national address and call out the MSM for what it is – tell the MSM, that we know what you’re doing and we’re going to expose you every step of the way, expose the double standards, and bash them every time they do something sinister. The American people want fair play.

    E. Rekshun

    January 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    • Trump, with the help of Bannon, is perfectly capable of bitch slapping the msm. That said, it certainly won’t be easy. They’ll be looking to take him out his entire time in office.

      Lewis Medlock

      January 11, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    • As Michael Savage correctly noted the other day, Trump is fully aware that the media are vermin. And if he ever forgets, Bannon will remind him.

      Lewis Medlock

      January 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      • The word “wermin” to Mikey Savage is Prole to the LoftB.

        JS

        January 13, 2017 at 12:24 am

      • “wermin”? R u Slavic, JS?

        Re Savage, well, at least he doesn’t call the left cockroaches. That’s what the Hutus called the Tutsis before the Rwandan genocide.

        I call them big babies. To distinguish them from little babies, who aren’t responsible for their dependent condition.

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

      • Mikey Savage and Elmer Fudd are 2 looney-toon characters separated at birth:

        They both wear hats and love guns. One swears with wermin in the media, while the other shoots at them.

        JS

        January 14, 2017 at 10:16 am

  8. “4. Trump says he is going to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    a. It sounds like Trump really means it.”

    If and when President Trump repeals ObamaRobertsTaxScheme, I will hang a life-size portrait of President Trump in my living room.

    hard9bf

    January 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    • Hate to break it to you, any new health plan that provides real benefits will cost taxpayer money.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      • That’s true. But we should at least have something that’s efficient and makes sense. I still think that the negative income tax is the best way to go. With a negative income tax people could buy their own insurance. If there was a negative income tax then we could get rid of almost every other program. It would also get rid of the disincentives to work.

        destructure

        January 11, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      • ” With a negative income tax people could buy their own insurance.”

        What about the people who prefer to party for their negative income tax dollas? I think there’s a lot of them.

        Glengarry

        January 12, 2017 at 6:48 am

      • People wouldn’t voluntarily buy health insurance, then they’d show up at a hospital without money and the hospital would be required to give them free care, then the hospital would raise prices for everyone else to cover the costs of the free care.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 12, 2017 at 10:12 am

      • “any new health plan that provides real benefits will cost taxpayer money”

        Paradoxically European countries can provide something similar for half the percentage of GDP or less. (And in terms of dem dolla even less.) Even Mexico can provide reasonable outcomes (two years less life expectancy) at a vastly lower cost.

        Glengarry

        January 12, 2017 at 6:54 am

      • Any new medical care insurance plan that provides real benefits to me specifically will cost taxpayers nothing. I have zero interest in medical care insurance — I provide my own care or pay for it myself, as do millions of other Americans who choose to forego medical care insurance. We aren’t underinsured; we have the precise amount of insurance we desire: none.

        Almost all brownskins are on welfare, so they already pig out on an all-you-can-eat medical care buffet paid for by White men, and most women love medical care insurance and love going to the doctor, so the current ObamaRobertsTax is an attack on White men like me who choose self-care and self-pay.

        It’s also noxious that any government mandate forced participation in a form of commerce they don’t use. Think of a product you never use and imagine the government forcing you at gunpoint to buy it every month, every year, upon penalty of death. Really go through the exercise: imagine a product you NEVER use, never buy, whose cost rises steeply every year, and you MUST buy it, at gunpoint.

        God bless President Donald J. Trump and his promise to repeal the anti-White ObamaRobertsTax.

        hard9bf

        January 12, 2017 at 10:06 am

      • Leon — “People wouldn’t voluntarily buy health insurance,”

        People wouldn’t voluntarily buy collision either.
        ***
        glengarry — “Paradoxically European countries can provide something similar for half the percentage of GDP or less.

        One would have to know the reasons for the differences before they could make that claim.
        ***
        hard9bf– “We aren’t underinsured; we have the precise amount of insurance we desire: none.”

        I’m sure you think so now when you’re healthy. Just like one doesn’t need home insurance until their house burns down. But that doesn’t mean one doesn’t need home insurance. The purpose of insurance isn’t to replace the roof or HVAC. It’s to pool the costs of statistically rare events that would be catastrophic for the individual to bear alone.

        I realize some people push universal healthcare as a wealth distribution scheme. Something should definitely be done to prevent parasites from exploiting more conscientious people. However, people who don’t have insurance ARE exploiting more conscientious people! By foregoing insurance you’ve become one of the parasites. I’m sure you’ll object by saying you haven’t cost anyone anything. But all the other parasites could say the same until they’re hit by a drunk driver or get cancer or need a heart bypass.

        By all means, cover the small stuff out of pocket. But you should still carry high deductible insurance. And if we need a law to mandate that then so be it. Not because I want wealth redistribution but because I won’t tolerate parasites. I would, however, exempt high net worth individuals. Bill Gates doesn’t need insurance to cover any potential medical costs.

        destructure

        January 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      • I meant liability not collision. I was tired when I wrote that.

        destructure

        January 13, 2017 at 3:55 am

      • “What about the people who prefer to party for their negative income tax dollas? “

        Milton Friedman explains the Negative Income Tax
        (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtpgkX588nM)

        destructure

        January 13, 2017 at 4:32 am

      • The single best way to provide insurance is through your job, since healthcare outcomes are uncorrelated to where you work and the risks and cash flow are pooled.

        The single best way to reduce healthcare costs is to remove the pool of illegals and foreigners that are currently sponging off the system. With 30 million fewer people stuffing emergency rooms, you will see a huge drop in costs.

        The next best way is to go after the medical monopolies that allow for the outrageous pricing.

        map

        January 13, 2017 at 6:15 pm

  9. Lion, as a lawyer how come you never comment on the violations of 15USC the Sherman and Clayton acts? What’s the feasibility someone not regulatory captured by the healthcare industry actually successfully enforces these laws agains hospitals and pharmaceutical companies?

    The price of healthcare would drop 66-80% as price competition would be forced due to the newly found price transparency? Currently prices aren’t posted by hospitals or doctors ahead of time with the exception of places like the surgery center of Oklahoma. Things are cheap enough there that you could pay in cash for most procedures without insurance. Regular doctors visits should t be covered by insurance since they are routine procedures and hence not insurable events. Why does a doctor need to set broken bones, when a specially trained technician can do it and pay rent to a doctor on staff or a hospital in the unlikely event of complications and immediate emergency care needing to be administered.

    The people who say medical care can’t be priced ahead of time with the ability to shop around are just like the people who say a wall can’t be built. Either paid shills or useful idiots. Doctors are part of the paid shill brigade because it would go back to being a middle class profession. So you wouldn’t be able to become an elite in NYC making $500k+ per year as a specialist because you wouldn’t be able to charge $200k for a heart transplant (no one would pay and someone would undercut).

    This is all a massive scam perpetrated on the American people thanks to funny money from the insurance companies and the federal government.

    Student loans and cost of medical school would also be brought into question. Make no mistake as an arm of academia they are part of the leftist industrial complex. They promote bad science like high carb diets. Being anti animal diets and pro global warming go hand in hand because eating animals becomes a sustainability issue and some leftists genuinely believe cows farting is a major contributor to global warming. Eating meat is also a status signifier that associates you with badwhites. The rabbit hole goes so deep in our current culture.

    OldTimer

    January 11, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    • I agree with you that there should be a law requiring price transparency. There can be no competition if people don’t even know what the price is until after the fact.

      In any commercial transaction, whenever there are no prices, that’s when you know that you are being ripped off.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    • I forget where I read this a few months ago but a commenter was relating a conversation with a cab driver in Russia who was also a trained surgeon. But I guess, lacking a medical monopoly like we have in America, that wasn’t a skill that precluded the need to earn a little extra income.

      Andrew E.

      January 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      • No one sane would go into medicine in this country if they knew they wouldn’t be able to have at minimum an ordinary middle class lifestyle once the miserable training years were over.

        nebbish

        January 11, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    • There is a lot more to the cost of a heart transplant or for that matter any surgical procedure than a surgical specialist’s fees. Hospitals bill hefty fees for use of operating rooms, inpatient care and medications. Heart transplant patients have long hospital stays and are on a boatload of expensive meds after the surgery (including pain killers and anti-rejection drugs). And it’s hardly just “a specialist” taking care of any transplant patient, much less a heart transplant patient. The team would include at least the primary transplant surgeon, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and intensive care specialists. Other specialists might be consulted if a patient were to develop complications. Transplants aren’t ever going to be cheap. When it’s possible to grow organs from stem cells, expect to pay handsomely for that on top of all the other aspects of transplantation care.

      nebbish

      January 11, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      • Nebbish,

        What do you think of my theory that autism might be caused by metal toxicity brought about by chronic infections? My understanding was that one of the reasons Mercury in vaccines was considered a culprit (a theory now debunked) was because of the symptoms of autism resembling mercury poisoning.

        However, mercury might still be involved if chronic infections store toxic metals in their cellular structures.

        What do you think?

        https://pragmaticallydistributed.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/the-mystery-of-autism/

        However we would like to propose a modified theory – that autism is related to chronic infections of any kind, not only Lyme infections, and that chronic infections have been the inevitable result of decades of antibiotic usage.

        Chronic illness is an interesting avenue to explore. It was less of a problem in past times because so many persons died at an early age from illnesses that are now easily treated. Mozart, for example, died at age 35.

        Modern medicine has extended human lifespans, but in the process diseases too have adapted to this new situation. The adaptations of bacteria have made it steadily more resistant to antibiotics and harder for doctors to treat.

        Part of bacteria’s new strategy has been to survive antibiotic drugs by constructing protective biofilms similar to those that Lyme disease builds around itself. Their protective barrier also accumulates the toxic metals iron, mercury, and cadmium, as well as others into its structure.

        This combination of persistent metal poisoning and microbial infection might be related to autism.

        If it turns out to be so, it would explain why autism is a recent phenomena and seemed to increase steadily over decades.

        In the past most people would have died from microbial infections that are now treated with antibiotics. However, the introduction of antibiotics forced microbes to change how they infect humans. Instead of spreading as far throughout the body as possible, the microbes instead build a defensive matrix that holds off bodily and pharmaceutical agents designed to destroy them. As humans used antibiotics more and more over the decades, infectious diseases increasingly turned to this defensive strategy.

        snip

        The treatment strategy to follow is:

        Break apart the biofilm layer protecting the disease with an enzyme that will dissolve the fibrin that is key to the structure of the biofilm.
        Use chelating agents to clear out the accumulated toxic metals that formed the biofilm as it is broken down by the fibrin dissolving enzyme.
        Kill the now exposed microbes with natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial supplements.

        The supplements (all of which are available over the counter and can be bought online without prescription) best suited to accomplish this three step process are:

        Lumbrokinase to break down down biofilm by dissolving fibrin. Lumbrokinase is the most powerful fibrin dissolving enzyme known to exist and has very few side effects as long as doses are kept under 20 mgs a day. The only caveat to using it is to not use if the patient is on any type of blood thinner.
        An acid crystal known as EDTA to chelate iron and cadmium out of the body taken once or twice a week. Mercury is efficiently chelated out of the brain, nerve tissue, and the rest of the body by Alpha Lipoic Acid (using the S version of ALA, not the R version) and garlic supplements (or eating regular garlic cloves). To chelate mercury, both ALA and garlic must be used at the same time. They can be taken on a regular basis.
        Finally, to kill the exposed bacteria and viruses, natural antimicrobial supplements such as oregano oil, olive leaf, and others will finish the process.

        All supplements should be taken on an empty stomach.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 12, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      • Autism has increased primarily because of diagnosis changes. Kids who today have autism would have been diagnosed with something else in the past.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 12, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      • Autism has increased primarily because of diagnosis changes. Kids who today have autism would have been diagnosed with something else in the past.

        Autism could be over-diagnosed generally but I’m very skeptical the increase is 100% attributable to false positives.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 12, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      • Undiscovered Jew,

        That is a very interesting write-up on EDTA chelation therapy. I don;t know what lumbrokinase is. Is colloidal silver a factor in any of this?

        map

        January 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      • That is a very interesting write-up on EDTA chelation therapy. I don;t know what lumbrokinase is. Is colloidal silver a factor in any of this?

        Colloidal silver I’m not sure about. In chronic infections the dominant heavy metal toxins that build up are mercury, iron, cadmium, and copper.

        Lumbrokinase is a naturally occurring clot dissolving enzyme. It breaks down clots by dissolving fibrin in a process called fibrinolysis. It is one of the few compounds that can do this with few to no side effects.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      • Nebbish?…

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 14, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    • Hey, someone has to pay for the spiffy new HIV meds. They’re hardly free, you know.

      Glengarry

      January 12, 2017 at 6:56 am

  10. Fake terminology: A golden shower is when your significant other or hired sex worker pisses on you. If she pisses on the mattress it’s called bed wetting.

    Mark Caplan

    January 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    • Being well-practiced faggots, journalists should be familiar with such elementary terminology.

      Glengarry

      January 12, 2017 at 6:58 am

  11. Lion

    As I said in a previous comment a few days ago, the level of contrived hysteria about Russia is something to behold. Look, Russia is not our number one ally. They are a somewhat low-trust society and we should always approach them with a reasonable amount of skepticism. However, the level of fear-mongering over Russia out of literally nowhere is truly shocking. The media created this out of nothing.

    As I also previously commented (and this is an original idea of NRx, not myself), there is a Blue Empire (CIA) and Red Empire (FBI) Deep State divide in American government. The goal of the CIA is to promote liberalism around the world. They are looking to overthrow the Trump regime. McCain (who is a Liberal interventionist like Samantha Power) is looking to bring down Trump as well.

    I still don’t think that Russia was responsible for WikiLeaks, although they of course welcomed it. Russia “interfered” in the election through its propaganda outlets such as RT. We do the same to them. I’m not sure why that is a shock to anyone regardless of political views. Trump should acknowledge that Russia prefers him to Clinton. There isn’t much else there to acknowledge.

    I’m starting to equate “Russia is the greatest threat to human civiliation” to the trans push in the media. It’s something that didn’t exist five years ago and now it’s something that we always knew.

    JerseyGuy

    January 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    • “However, the level of fear-mongering over Russia out of literally nowhere is truly shocking. The media created this out of nothing.”

      Right, 4 years ago, the people today who are fearmongering over Russia had a good laugh when Obama said “the 80s are calling and they want their foreign policy back.)

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 11, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    • As I said in a previous comment a few days ago

      I read your comment, and was going to reply, but didn’t bother. You’re right, though.

      I’m starting to equate “Russia is the greatest threat to human civiliation” to the trans push in the media. It’s something that didn’t exist five years ago and now it’s something that we always knew.

      Yes, these dots are closer than most people know. The push to demonize Putin, and the Ukrainian coup, were conjured after Russia passed legislation refusing to get on board with the dyssexual agenda. That is how important that agenda has become to the elites during Obama’s reign.

      Samson J.

      January 11, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      • Yes I completely agree. All this anti Russian hysteria amongst the liberal establishment is due to Putin’s lot rejecting homosexual worship, and the large number of queers in the Western establishment at the present time.

        martin2

        January 12, 2017 at 4:19 am

      • Meanwhile the Ukraine also interfered in our election and no one cares because they were trying to help the preferred candidate. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/ukraine-sabotage-trump-backfire-233446

        Mike Street Station

        January 12, 2017 at 9:45 am

      • “The push to demonize Putin, and the Ukrainian coup, were conjured after Russia passed legislation refusing to get on board with the dyssexual agenda.”

        This^1000.

        The West’s Russophobia began the day this legislation passed and it was clear that President Putin would not bend over and genuflect before the GayKK. If President Putin acted as sergeant major for a Pride [sic] parade, leading the way, waving the Rainbow standard, the gaystream media and the West would immediately drop their Russophobia.

        But the cool thing is, as of January 21, 2017, we have a real man of normal sexuality in the White House, who I expect in his first 100 days, hell maybe his first 100 hours, will drop all sanctions against Russians and will normalize relations with President Putin and Russia. What a difference it makes to have a real man as president versus a sissy like skinny little Bathhouse Barry Sotero.

        hard9bf

        January 12, 2017 at 10:16 am

      • Then why are liberals so soft on Islam?

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 10:04 pm

  12. Revenge of the Nerds. Media, Pols, liberals, CIA totally chumped by a handful of 4-Channers.

    Cool, socially adroit, liberals – especially liberal woman – hate nerds as much as any bullying jock. Nerds know who made their lives miserable throughout their school years, now its payback time.

    We have entered the golden age for nerds. Their grasp of computer/media technology and the power of memes, meshed with their wicked immaturity make them a deadly enemy to cool, dunderheaded liberals, who snatch the bait every time, like tourists in Manhattan falling for the old shell game/liars poker scam.

    Small lesson here: be nice to Nerds, they can really screw you up.

    Daniel

    January 11, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    • I agree with this. I’ve noticed the prevalence of nerds, techies, computer geeks, engineers, et al. in the alt-right too, and by contrast to what Lion says above – that these guys support Trump because they’re “proles” – I think it’s because these guys have realized they are last in the pecking order in any society that doesn’t reward white men for their brains and dutiful work ethic.

      These are the guys I think of, and shake my head, when I read that “only” rural working-class proles supported Trump.

      Samson J.

      January 11, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      • “These are the guys I think of, and shake my head, when I read that “only” rural working-class proles supported Trump.”

        Indeed. The English majors who went to school with these geeks but didn’t major in engineering now work at the likes of Cosmo, XOJane, and the broader pink ghetto known as New Media. The non-rural white STEM dudes you speak of are high on their shit list.

        Dain

        January 11, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      • I would assume many academics in the Midwest voted for Trump. The recounts in Wisconsin made Trump a richer man in votes. Cities like Milwaukee and Madison, despite being liberal, would never support Hillary Clinton and her legions of NAM followers. Wisconsin’s middle class progressives are liberal enough to espouse liberalism, but not wealthy enough to segregate themselves from those who are different.

        JS

        January 14, 2017 at 1:28 am

  13. “Will this satisfy the Trump-hating mainstream media? I suspect they will still complain about it as part of their propaganda war against Trump. However, it does address all of the major conflict-of-interest concerns that the media has had about Trump’s business, “

    I’ve got to say as a non-Trump person this is a total non-issue with the fake conflicts of interest. It only exists as a cudgle against Trump so why should the public care?

    He was rich when he was elected. Everyone knew Trump had extensive holdings all over the place and majority still voted for him. This is all information that was priced in and accepted.

    Some organization could rent out a floor in the Trump Hotel, making him money. So what? He is a billionaire now, he’d be a billionaire then.

    Congress could pass a crippling revision to the tax code that could hit him hard? So what? worst case he’d still be a centimillionaire- ie fine. Some other theoretical President would be much hard hit, maybe getting them down to their last million.

    The press is very concerned about these emoluments and conflicts but I wonder if anyone else is.

    Lion o' the Turambar

    January 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    • I’m not sure what the actual conflict rules are, but it seems pretty clear to me that there’s a much better chance of Trump working on behalf of America’s best interests than any other candidate.

      All of those foreign donations to Hillary Clinton’s foundation and the high-paid speeches at Goldman Sachs may have technically permissible, but come on.

      fortaleza84

      January 11, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      • “it seems pretty clear to me that there’s a much better chance of Trump working on behalf of America’s best interests than any other candidate.”

        See, that’s the problem.

        Glengarry

        January 12, 2017 at 7:05 am

  14. According to what I’ve just read the report “came from a former British MI6 agent who was hired from a political opposition research firm in Washington who was doing work about Donald Trump for both republican and democratic candidates opposed to Trump.”

    I take it this means that this agent went trawling for every rumour and shady angle on Trump he could possibly find. On a positive note, hopefully this means that every possible rumour about Trump is now out in the open, and it seems that whatever there was is pretty outlandish. If they had more and better information you would have thought it would be there too. So they have nothing on him.

    Furthermore, the more personal and underhanded the attacks on Trump are now, the more justified he will be in the eyes of his supporters for going ‘the full Erdogan’ on his enemies after his inauguration. And all the weasels like John McCain have broken cover now. Trump knows who you are, bitches!

    prolier than thou

    January 11, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    • Yup. I agree that everything that could be out there about Trump is out in the open at this point. I do believe that Rick Wilson and Evan McMullin were involved to some extent, although I’m sure there were plenty of others. This is probably the dossier that Rick Wilson was touting back in September/October 2016. Some of these items in the report are downright ridiculous.

      If Trump was not previously serious about draining the swamp, he may have to at this point and will probably follow through. I think he’ll try to clean out at the intelligence agencies. Bannon is going to be taking charge as well. Luckily McCain is in his last term. Trump will probably try to run someone against Graham when he is up for re-election. He already has effectively defeated Kasich in Ohio but running a pro-Trump Head of the Ohio GOP and pulling off a big upset.

      JerseyGuy

      January 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm

  15. The whole campaign we were told — and Trump was portrayed as — by the media as unserious.
    This press conference certainly showed how Trump reversed that narrative.
    The media are pathetic.
    Trump seemed to be the sled dog, proud and ready for the difficult journey.
    The media were fleas trying to get a bite.
    .

    KnoMad

    January 11, 2017 at 3:33 pm

  16. Well, now that it’s all out there (assuming it’s true), Trump can no longer be blackmailed. That’s assuming the Russians don’t have other damaging info on him not cited in the dossier. The dispiriting thing is that Trump watching hookers piss on a bed IS plausible, given his track record.

    Brendan

    January 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    • I don’t really see it. For one, he is a germophobe, as he said. I think that notion would gross him out. Remember how grossed out he was when Hillary left the primary debate stage with Bernie to go to the bathroom? Remember how grossed out he was by how Kasich stuffs huge bites into his mouth?

      Dan

      January 11, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    • It’s not at all plausible, actually. Trump just likes banging beautiful women, that’s what we know. Unlike HD porn world or the Podesta brother spirit cooking realm, in the real world you can comfortably stay with that for your entire life.

      Glengarry

      January 12, 2017 at 7:12 am

    • The problematic (for Trump) claim was not the alleged sex act, but the fact that it was allegedly filmed. The entire story seems to be a hoax, but whatever. My concern is more practical: if Trump had hired individuals to micturate on his bed, where would he then sleep? Or, if you are a billionaire, do you simply book two rooms? A mystery!

      The Shepherd

      January 12, 2017 at 10:53 am

    • Oh, it’s completely plausible. Lots of germophobes get off on stuff like that precisely because they are germophobes. A germophobe might find urine sexually exciting because it is so “dirty”, the rest of us, not so much. Basic Freud. That said, I agree it’s not that big a deal. In a world where we celebrate trannies and free porn is available to middle schoolers, watching a few hookers pee is hardly a major scandal.

      Peter Akuleyev

      January 13, 2017 at 6:17 am

      • Freud is not a convincing source. And while I agree that the hypocrisy is staggering, I still consider the whole accusation of Trump to be fake, fake, fake, made-up invented fakery. Dirty fantasies, by pervs or to smoke out the pervs. The latter seems increasingly likely.

        Glengarry

        January 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      • Do you think Hillary is behind it? I had that feeling when I read about Trump lashing out against Hillary today, saying that she’s guilty.

        gothamette

        January 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm

  17. Trump made noises on Obamacare about keeping the pre-existing condition coverage clauses in place. That is the sin qua non of Obamacare! Every other aspect of the system flows from the requirement that insurers aren’t allowed to assess how sick people are when the first apply for coverage. You inevitably need to fine people who don’t buy insurance to force healthy people into the system.

    bob

    January 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    • Obamacare was a compromise to placate the insurance lobby and Republicans who were opposed to government healthcare but OK with healtcare provided by the “free market” subsidized by government.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    • Wrong, the State of Ohio, pre-Obamacare, had a basically free market health care system that provided for pre-existing conditions without a mandate. Every year, those with conditions were permitted to purchase insurance during a 3-month period using the same pricing as those without conditions who could purchase insurance during the other 9 months.

      Andrew E.

      January 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    • All employer sponsored healthcare for decades has been prevented from charging extra or banning from coverage someone with pre existing conditions. So it’s workable without the mandate. Most of the replacement plans have dealt with Pre-existing conditions in one way or the other.

      Mike Street Station

      January 11, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      • All employer sponsored healthcare for decades has been prevented from charging extra or banning from coverage someone with pre existing conditions.

        True. I’ve been on the health insurance selection committee at my 1000-employee workplace. and have had access to the monthly “experience reports” showing which employees are using the health insurance and for what medical services. It’s amazing that regularly three or four employees or dependents drive 90% of the usage and cost.

        E. Rekshun

        January 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm

  18. Trump really dished it to the media and told them what he really thinks about them. Good for Trump. Trump understands that the mainstream media is his enemy.

    Of course the MSM is Trump’s enemy. Trump ran a post-fact campaign and is apparently planning to be Americas first post-fact President. The MSM is all about facts that can be independently verified (although they report a lot of rumor and gossip too). Trump has little use for facts. Trump wants to create his own facts and in order to do that he needs to stop the MSM from checking his facts and reporting they are false.

    There were many media questions about Russia and hacking. The media is obsessed with this topic, …

    Really? More obsessed than they were with Hilary’s emails?

    Trump has put into place a complicated plan to remove himself from his business.

    Complicated to confuse you because the plan doesn’t do much of anything other than shuffle some paper.

    The truth is Trump could not liquidate his real estate holdings even if he wanted to. If he were forced to sell them all, he would not get a good price for any of them and he would have negative net worth. So we are just stuck with the conflicts of interest they represent.

    I think the real problem though is that Trump is so opaque about his business and won’t release his tax returns, so nobody has a good idea about what his potential conflicts of interest might be. That Trump could fix without bankrupting himself.

    Trump says he is going to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    Trump says a lot of things.

    Republicans in the Senate are also getting nervous about repealing Obamacare without a good replacement ready to go. There are only 52 Republicans in the Senate. Six have already publicly said they are not in favor of repeal first and try to blame the Democrats for not replacing Obamacare before the non-employer private insurance market collapses.

    Republicans have had 7 years to come up with a replacement plan for Obamacare. They have produced a bunch of white papers and at least one real bill, but none of those “plans” have enough Republican support to even come close to passing. I would think you could not sneak a real replacement through as a reconciliation bill in the Senate so they would need Democratic support to pass it.

    The repeal part is easy. I doubt that Republicans can come up with the replace part. One of the reasons for the repeal now, replace later plan is that all of the Republican replace plans are clearly much worse than Obamacare. The biggest complaint about Obamacare is the premiums and deductibles are too high. Well, Republican’s call that skin in the game. All the Republican plans call for consumers to have more skin in the game, not less. If Republicans have to debate the replacement plans before the repeal, then people will be comparing those replacement plans to what they already have. That will make it even harder to pass a replacement.

    Mike CA

    January 11, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    • Your silicon monopoly is coming to an end. Good luck in thew new order.

      Andrew E.

      January 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      • I have no idea what that means, but keep on trolling. Eventually you may learn to write tweet lengths snarky remarks that make sense.

        mikeca

        January 11, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      • It means, quite obviously, that Trump is going to bring the financial economy into line with the real economy so no longer will there be the billions of fake investment in all of silicon’s stupid unicorns. Jobs will evaporate, many thousands of smug liberals will have to completely re-think their career prospects and options.

        Andrew E.

        January 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      • “to bring the financial economy into line with the real economy ”

        I like that phrasing, think I’ll steal it.

        I got together with a friend yesterday who used to work for the biggest German bank (not Deutsche, can u guess what it is, TuJ?) and he’s disgusted with all the corruption.

        BTW, he’s an immigrant. They r some of my best friends, Meryl!!

        gothamette

        January 12, 2017 at 9:32 am

      • Trump is going to bring the financial economy into line with the real economy

        a. That is wishful thinking. Look at the number of Goldman Sachs guys in his cabinet. Also Trump’s entire fortune is based on the financial economy – overvalued real estate in cities that depend on the finance industry, resorts and golf courses catering to the financial elite, and TV shows depending on ad revenue from financial firms. I don’t think Trump is willing to sacrifice his personal and family fortune for the good of the country, but happy to be proven wrong.

        b. As Lion has talked about, the real economy is not a return to the 1950s with well paying manufacturing jobs for all. The real economy today is a surplus economy that produces more food and consumer goods than any of us actually need. Most of humanity doesn’t produce anything of real value and it is not clear what if anything they could produce.. The financial economy has allowed to us keep juggling the balls for a while but the crash is going to be hard.

        My take is that Trump is actually attempting to fight a rear-guard action to allow the American middle class to benefit for a little longer and a little more from the financial economy, in exchange for not actually disrupting the entire system.

        Peter Akuleyev

        January 13, 2017 at 6:43 am

      • “Most of humanity doesn’t produce anything of real value and it is not clear what if anything they could produce..”

        health care services?

        not too late

        January 14, 2017 at 1:25 am

    • “Really? More obsessed than they were with Hilary’s emails? ”

      I’d say yes.

      The email case is about Hillary intentionally trying to hide data, then getting caught making false statements about the situation and getting caught on them. And she was under danger of criminal indictment. Thats news! You can hardly fail to report that.

      The alleged hacking is being played up as a way to undermine Trump. I understand why people would want to do it but that isnt news.

      Scammers tricking Podesta out of his email password isnt news. The fact that it revealed the contents of Hillary’s Goldman speech impugning her version of events might be news, but thats not the bit the press is interesting.

      I think its fair to say the press is obsessed with pushing the story “there was hacking -> trump won. Hacking is illegal therefor Trump winning is illegitimate”. That assumes a whole bunch of stuff and ignores the fact that the reason that the hacking had any relevance is because it exposed where Clinton was lying.

      Lion of the Turambar

      January 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      • Hillary was never in any danger of criminal indictment. That was a lie repeated endlessly by Republicans in order to make people think it was true. Maybe there were some dumb Republicans who actually believed it, but most members of Congress knew full well there was nothing illegal about what she had done.

        mikeca

        January 11, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      • Everyone who has ever had friends or family in the military or working in government contracting realizes just how quickly and how deep a hole you would be thrown in for breaking TSSCI protocols. Not only did Hillary break protocol but she engaged in a months long campaign of deceit, including destruction of evidence and perjuring herself. She belongs in jail, plain and simple.

        Panther of the Blogocube

        January 12, 2017 at 2:48 am

      • Exactly. Hillary and her supporters are examples of elite sociopathy. Any other man would have been thrown in jail for what Bill Clinton did.

        what am I saying any other man would have been thrown in jail for half of what Bill Clinton did.

        gothamette

        January 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

      • She should have been indicted, if the law still applied to people like her.

        Glengarry

        January 12, 2017 at 7:21 am

      • “Hillary was never in any danger of criminal indictment.”

        That’s true not because she never did anything wrong it’s true because the system is fixed in favor of people like Hillary. I never believed that the Secretary of State, a woman, a former FLOTUS, and by the way Hillary Clinton, was ever going to pay for the fact that she broke the law.

        ” That was a lie repeated endlessly by Republicans in order to make people think it was true. ”

        Can you name which Republicans said that? I’m not talking about the a****** pundits, I’m talking about Republican elected officials or party officials.

        “Maybe there were some dumb Republicans who actually believed it,”

        True. Republicans are very stupid. I know a few who thought that she was going to be hauled off in handcuffs, and I always told them that that was never going to happen.

        ” but most members of Congress knew full well there was nothing illegal about what she had done.”

        Most members of Congress are stupid. What’s your point? What she did was illegal from the thought to the fact. She broke numerous Espionage laws. what she did was illegal according to the spirit of the law and the letter of the law.

        (I’m dictating my comments now, so they sound a little disorganized. Too much trouble to edit them.)

        gothamette

        January 12, 2017 at 9:41 am

      • Hillary was never in any danger of criminal indictment.

        Nobody was going to indict Queen Hillary because she is above the law.

        The law is for peasants.

        Rifleman

        January 12, 2017 at 10:23 am

      • @gothamette: Any other man would have been thrown in jail for what Bill Clinton did.

        Maybe not thrown in jail, but the lowliest part-time janitor would have been fired. At least that’s what happened to George Costanza when had had sex at work with a female janitor.

        E. Rekshun

        January 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      • “most members of Congress knew full well there was nothing illegal about what she had done”

        Bullshit on that. Her actions were an obvious violation of
        18 U.S. Code § 1924
        18 U.S. Code § 798
        2009 Federal Records Act Section 1236.22

        Any competent prosecutor could put her in prison where she belongs.

        Tarl

        January 12, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      • “Maybe not thrown in jail, but the lowliest part-time janitor would have been fired. At least that’s what happened to George Costanza when had had sex at work with a female janitor.”

        Well to be fair, she was a woman…in the room.

        Mike Street Station

        January 13, 2017 at 9:12 am

      • Bullshit on that. Her actions were an obvious violation of
        18 U.S. Code § 1924
        18 U.S. Code § 798
        2009 Federal Records Act Section 1236.22

        Any competent prosecutor could put her in prison where she belongs.

        None of the emails found in her email account were properly marked as containing classified information. The CIA after the fact said they should have been classified, but they were not classified at the time they were sent or received. There were three emails that contained “(c)” which is apparently sometimes used to indicate which information in a classified document is confidential. In one case it is clear that the “(c)” is intended to mean that a telephone number is a cell phone. It is doubtful that Hillary was even aware of this convention. In any event, if those emails contained classified information, they should have been marked with a header to show that and none of the emails had that header.

        If you were going to prosecute someone for sending this information that should have been classified according to the CIA in an unclassified email, common sense says it should be the person who sent the email. As far as I know, all the information that should have been classified was placed in the emails by someone else, not by Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton replied or forwarded some the emails, but when she did so, she was sending them to State Department employees authorized to receive classified information.

        You could argue that Hillary was careless, but this was her unclassified email account. People were not suppose to be sending classified information to her in this email account.

        The crux of this issue is a long standing argument between the CIA and State Department over what information should be classified. State Department classified email can only be read at embassies and State Department offices. This means that the Secretary of State may not receive a classified email for many days when traveling. Hillary read her unclassified email on her black berry and would get it in a few minutes. The CIA considers some information to be classified even when it is widely available in news papers. The State Department has long considered that to be stupid and State Department employees have long been including publicly known information in unclassified emails when they feel it is more important that officials get the information quickly.

        It is highly doubtful that anyone authorized to receive classified information can be convicted simply for receiving an email that contains classified information in an unclassified email account.

        mikeca

        January 13, 2017 at 10:28 am

      • It’s true that the govt has been very anal retentive in going after low level employees for minor transgressions.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 13, 2017 at 10:32 am

      • Mikeca is so full of it on the email investigation. He makes no mention of

        1) the lack of a grand jury investigation giving subpoena power that clearly should have happened, or

        2) the slew of immunity agreements that were handed out without anyone getting indicted, including agreements calling for the destruction of evidence after barely a cursory review and that,

        3) several individuals under active investigation were allowed to serve as legal counsel to the main target of the investigation and,

        4) the husband of the target met privately with the AG (the same AG’s career given a major boost early on by the same husband when he was president) days before Comey’s announcement.

        And more, etc. etc.

        Andrew E.

        January 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      • You could argue that Hillary was careless, but this was her unclassified email account.

        The act of setting up the server by itself is illegal even if she did not know any of the emails were classified.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 13, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      • “There were three emails that contained “(c)” which is apparently sometimes used to indicate which information in a classified document is confidential. In one case it is clear that the “(c)” is intended to mean that a telephone number is a cell phone.”

        The (c) means Confidential, which means it was classified at the time it was written or sent.

        Mike Street Station

        January 14, 2017 at 11:33 am

      • The act of setting up the server by itself is illegal even if she did not know any of the emails were classified.

        This is the United States of American. There is no law that makes it illegal to setup your own private email server.

        What country are you from that you would think it is illegal for an individual to have their own email server? Are you from Russia?

        Many of the State Department employees used private email accounts so they could reliably read their unclassified email while traveling. It was allowed by regulations. Access to the regular State Department email system was unreliable when traveling. There is absolutely no difference between the Clinton’s private email server and Gmail or AOL mail in principal. The Clinton’s email server was set up by a very competent consultant.

        mikeca

        January 15, 2017 at 2:24 am

    • Just replace ObamaCare with what existed before. It will fix itself, especially when you start deporting the illegals who are on it.

      map

      January 11, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      • Obama Care is a total scam, not so much, because it is another slush fund for NAMs. It’s a travesty that someone who earns a living wage, is penalized a few hundred – a few thousand dollars, for not having health insurance — the money ultimately ends up in the same slush fund.

        JS

        January 14, 2017 at 12:59 am

    • @Mike CA —

      Trump cannot have conflicts of interest. The President is literally outside the law. I am not trying to make a joke. The President cannot be arrested, conflict of interest rules do not apply, and judges cannot hand out sentences against him. The laws basically don’t apply to him.

      What has to happen is that the president is impeached — i.e. removed from office by Congress — and then he becomes an ordinary person again. Once he is an ordinary person again, then the rules that apply to regular people back into place.

      As far as removing conflicts of interest, that is all just to reassure people. He doesn’t have to do any of that.

      Trump would be a fool to release his tax returns because his opponents would only use it against him. His opponents are not honorable. You no doubt know this.

      As for “post-fact presidency” — Trump is a master of rhetoric, which much more necessary to get the point across than a nebbish recitation of facts. Trump’s enemies such as yourself would love for him to retreat from rhetoric and lose all effectiveness. Even if he were to recite facts, his opponents would simply pronounce them false, finding experts to take any contrary position.

      You have any more “advice” to give?

      On the one hand, you could be right about Obamacare. It may be that American healthcare is kind of like the Middle East: always a mess. If you get involved at all, it becomes your problem.

      On the other hand, making insurance companies compete across state lines would surely lower costs, right?

      Dan

      January 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

      • Trump cannot have conflicts of interest. The President is literally outside the law. I am not trying to make a joke. The President cannot be arrested, conflict of interest rules do not apply, and judges cannot hand out sentences against him. The laws basically don’t apply to him.

        I believe it is not true that the laws don’t apply to the president. There is one conflict of interest law that does not apply to the president, but other laws and the constitution do apply to the president.

        On the other hand, making insurance companies compete across state lines would surely lower costs, right?

        Currently insurance is regulated at the state level. Most states have a department which regulates insurance companies and must approve all policies sold in the state. Obamacare did not change that, although it added some standardized requirements for all policies. If you have a complaint about your insurance you can take that complaint to your state department of insurance.

        Selling policies across state lines strips the states of the right to regulate insurance policies sold in the state. If this becomes law, in short order the only policies for sale in your state will be regulated by North Dakota or what ever state promises the insurance companies the fewest regulations. Yes the policies will be cheaper, because they will not cover very much and insurance companies will be able to retroactively cancel the policies if anyone in your family actually gets sick. (This use to be a common practice in the individual insurance market).

        Republicans are suppose to be the party of states rights. They want more things handled at the state level rather than the federal. This is stripping states right to regulate their own insurance market, but rather than have the federal government regulate the market, they delegate it to whichever state bids the least regulations.

        mikeca

        January 12, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      • The presidency is not a government job created by Congress, it’s a position created by the Constitution, so any laws created by Congress to regulate government workers doesn’t apply to the President, at least by my reasoning.

        The only recourse Congress has against a misbehaving President are the impeachment procedures in the Constitution.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      • The only recourse Congress has against a misbehaving President are the impeachment procedures in the Constitution.

        This is a murky area of constitutional law that has never been decided by the Supreme Court. Federal Judges can also only be removed from office by impeachment. There are a number of cases of sitting Federal Judges who were charged, tried and convicted for criminal offenses. They were only impeached and removed from office after their conviction.

        The other argument is that the president is the justice department and so cannot prosecuted himself. In the case of Nixon and Watergate the Justice Department appointed an independent special prosecutor to investigate the president. Of course Nixon ordered the special prosecutor fired as part of the so called “Saturday Night Massacre” (Oct 20, 1973) after he subpoenaed the tapes Nixon had made of his White House conversations. A federal District court later ruled the firing was illegal, but 10 days after the firing the acting head of the Justice Department, Robert Bork, appointed a replacement special prosecutor who continued the investigation. In 1974 the Supreme Court ruled Nixon could not use executive privilege to refuse to turn over the tapes. Nixon eventually turned over transcripts of the tapes.

        The Watergate and Whitewater cases would seem to indicate the Justice Department can investigate criminal charges against the president using special prosecutors, but it is not clear they could actually bring criminal charges unless as long as the president was still in office.

        mikeca

        January 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      • “Selling policies across state lines strips the states of the right to regulate insurance policies sold in the state. If this becomes law, in short order the only policies for sale in your state will be regulated by North Dakota or what ever state promises the insurance companies the fewest regulations.”

        This is a common complaint from the left By this logic, the only restaurants should be cheap fast food since their prices would drive sit down restaurants and fine dining right out of the market.

        There are some states in which there is little or no competition among insurance companies (a problem that has been exacerbated by Obamacare). Giving the consumer more options and some competition should be a benefit.

        Mike Street Station

        January 13, 2017 at 9:27 am

      • Mikeca,

        Please…every state legislature is captured by the insurance industry. Remember when they mandated that everyone have car insurance? That was nothing but a sop to insurance companies.

        If you think the States are looking out for in vis a vis the insurance companies, I have a brooklyn bridge to sell you.

        map

        January 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      • Selling policies across state lines strips the states of the right to regulate insurance policies sold in the state.

        This does not remove their right to regulate insurance. It just means residents will be able to choose whether to buy health coverage from outside their state.

        Yes the policies will be cheaper, because they will not cover very much and insurance companies will be able to retroactively cancel the policies if anyone in your family actually gets sick.

        Wrong.

        They will sell insurance at different price levels with more expensive prices providing more comprehensive coverage.

        This is stripping states right to regulate their own insurance market, but rather than have the federal government regulate the market, they delegate it to whichever state bids the least regulations.

        State residents can already almost any other kind of goods or services from outside their state, why is buying insurance coverage across state lines theoretically any different?

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 13, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    • Hahahaha, still so butt hurt that nobody believed the media lies. Go fact yourself, loser.

      Glengarry

      January 12, 2017 at 7:18 am

    • The idea that Trump is moving toward a “post-fact” presidency is basically baloney. His campaign focused on very specific problems, harmful immigration and trade deficits, and had very specific solutions (a wall and tariffs). His solutions were concrete, in a literal sense. It is impossible for even say what Hillary stood for. While Trump’s ads down the home stretch focused on policy, Hillary’s focused on attacking Trump.

      The long and arduous process to get to a SecState nominee (and others) and the confirmation hearings are a prime example. Trump searches high and low to find the most qualified guy in America (even looking at Romney who is capable though distasteful). Obama’s cabinet was basically a list he copied from Citigroup. Finally when Tillerson’s confirmation hearing comes it’s just incoherent wailing whether he will condemn Russia loudly enough.

      Trump is arguably one of the few people trying to be serious.

      Dan

      January 12, 2017 at 7:34 am

    • “Trump ran a post-fact campaign ”

      Says you. He picked up on two major facts:

      1 that immigration, legal and illegal, has profoundly changed the demography of this country and polluted its labor pool and is dragging wages downward.

      2, that working Americans are getting screwed by rotten trade deals.

      Ann Coulter, who is really not my favorite person, accurately characterize this as picking up $1,000 bill lying on the sidewalk.

      That’s another fact come to think of it!

      gothamette

      January 12, 2017 at 9:36 am

    • Your side lost. White American men won. Deal with it.

      The four stages of grief: denial, sadness, anger, acceptance.

      You’re stuck in denial.

      President Donald J. Trump is a man of action and will implement near 100% of his agenda. BIGLY.

      hard9bf

      January 12, 2017 at 10:21 am

  19. Lion I really wish you would make a post about the unsustainability of our healthcare system.
    At a time when medical treatments are more expensive to deliver than ever, reimbursement continues to decrease, and the number of hospitals going out of business has increased, because you simply can’t make ends meet when medicaid/medicare reimburse you 70 cents for every dollar you spend, and there is no decrease in government-insured patients in the future.

    It is mathematically impossible to take care of a society in a first world manner with our expensive first world medical treatments, because a large proportion of the population simply can’t afford it- these are the sickest, most expensive patients!

    No one will call out the elephant in the room- it is mathematically impossible for hospitals to stay open and our healthcare system, and by proxy our economy, is doomed!

    jjbees

    January 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    • Just about everything healthcare related in the US is vastly overpriced. Think Epipen. There’s also that matter of American doctors making offensively outrageous salaries, a phenomenon that everyone swears either

      a) doesn’t affect the price of healthcare at all, or

      b) doesn’t even exist!

      Doctors swear they’re not making much money at all, and that all the money is in “the business jobs.” Also, many of them don’t value their enormous paychecks because they assume that if they hadn’t made the sacrifice of becoming a doctor (for humanitarian purposes, you know), they would be Wall Street tycoons, sailing comfortably to the islands in their yachts.

      Stealth

      January 12, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      • Is “offensively outrageous” redundant? Even if offense and outrage aren’t really the same things?

        Stealth

        January 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm

  20. gothamette

    January 11, 2017 at 8:28 pm

  21. Politico is now reporting that the Ukranians were helping the HILLARY campaign!! I am not kidding. As if this election couldn’t get any stranger. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/ukraine-sabotage-trump-backfire-233446

    Two in the Bush

    January 11, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    • Makes sense.

      gothamette

      January 11, 2017 at 11:06 pm

  22. Trump just flipped the script from Russia hacked the election to the intelligence agencies were interfering and running a smear campaign.

    destructure

    January 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

  23. I think it’s possible those tapes do exist and it’s likely the Russians have some kind of kompromat on President-elect Trump.

    However nobody is talking about that right now, just his press conference. A masterpiece of “Fuck it, Drive on.”

    GManifesto

    January 12, 2017 at 10:35 am

  24. Wahsington post say that paper prepared for Ben Carlson had accidental plagiarism but that he didn’t use it. It looks so much like a dirty plot that failed at the last minute. I hope for Trump they’ll identify and punish the plotters that surrounds them.

    Bruno from Paris

    January 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm

  25. the plot revealing word is “accidental” because when plagiarism is accidental, you don’t even talk about it, a fortiori when you relate when it is prepared for someone by someone else. So the logic is that it was plagiarism and not accidental (cf. Melania …) Democrats are not shy to ridicule women or black person on sexist/racist cliché when the attackees don’t share their ideas.

    Bruno from Paris

    January 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    • There is no such thing as “accidental plagiarism”. You sat there looking at the book while you typed in the words it said. What happened in this case is some dumbfuck intern typed in the testimony from the book, didn’t cite the source, and then Carson handed it in not recognizing the quote or maybe not even reading the written testimony at all.

      Tarl

      January 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm

  26. Watching Fox News on my computer, to see conferences and confirmation process and comments, i just discovered a should-be- future star of this TV : Heather Nauert. She deserves to be one day in the same league as Greta van Susteren (crazy that she is on MSNBC !) or (almost) Megan Kelly (so beautifull and with such a deep marvellous voice). But i haven’t seen one as good as Bill O’Reilly. The second best i’m seeing is Bret Baier. Tucker Carson is also good and entertaining, but a bit less stong and his foot to think.

    I love this channel that is full of so many beautifull, bright and straight talking people.

    We in France have stupid narrow minded uber-educated people in radio France Culture and TV (arte). It’s liked everyone is a Rachel Maddow type here (ultra liberal ivy). And i love also lots of your liberal like Joey Behar (so smart and warm and witty) and Jon Stewart. This one was as good as O’Reilly.

    Fantastic TV in the USA ! — to use a non verbal sentence as you do now to sound presidential 🙂 .

    Bruno from Paris

    January 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    • Heather Nauert looks like a typical blond reporter on Fox News. I think Fox must have a compound in Utah where they raise blond farm girl types to be news anchors.

      Mike Street Station

      January 13, 2017 at 9:35 am

    • I think Fox must have a compound in Utah where they raise blond farm girl types to be news anchors.

      Roger Ailes is a Mormon farmer?

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm

  27. i want to be a farmer in Utah then 🙂

    Bruno from Paris

    January 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm


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