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Why isn’t Trump releasing his tax returns?

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Three possible reasons:

1. He thinks that what’s in there is politically damaging.
2. He’s afraid that if thousands of people who hate him go over his returns with a fine tooth comb, they’ll find wrongdoing in there that has previously been overlooked by IRS auditors.
3. The same reasons why Obama never released his birth certificate for years.

A reminder about #3:

For years and years, Obama-hating people believed that Obama must be hiding something very damaging. Why else wouldn’t he release his birth certificate? Obama made up a bunch of stupid and not-believable excuses for why he couldn’t release it. But then, it was finally released (proving that the excuses were fake) and there was nothing worth seeing.

Trump could be doing the same head-fake as Obama.

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“Two in the Bush” says:

No, the reason he won’t release is because he’s hiding a bribe made in unmarked roubles he took directly from Vladimir Putin that he declared on his 1040. – NY Times Comment Section

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April 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

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Syria in perspective

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It has been six days since Trump bombed Syria. There’s no evidence that Trump has any intent of doing anything else in Syria. We let loose a few missiles, not a single American soldier was in the line of fire, and it’s not even clear that any Syrians were killed (although the Syrian government claims some were killed).

Trump still seems to have benefited immensely from the missile strike. The mainstream media has turned down the volume on the Russian Conspiracy by a huge amount. Most of the mainstream politicians whose support Trump needs to get anything done are very happy about the strike. Some Trump-haters in the media are expressing their exasperation that Trump has benefited so much from the strike. That’s how we know it was a good move for Trump. If it was bad for Trump, the Trump-haters would be gloating about it.

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April 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Posted in International, Politics

James Thompson lost, but Nate Cohn doesn’t get it

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Nate Cohn thinks that James Thompson, doing better than expected against the Republican (although not good enough to win), means that the voters are already rejecting Trump.

Nate just doesn’t get it. As I explained yesterday, the reason why James Thompson is popular is because he’s a white Army veteran who did a campaign ad where he shoots an assault rifle. And if you watch the ad, you’ll see that Thompson is genuine prole. The Democrats don’t have a bunch of people like that on the bench. They just have a lot of SWPL SJW types, a lot of minorities, not the kind of candidates who will win back the blue-collar white voters who went over to Trump.

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April 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm

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James Thompson, Democrat in Kansas running for Congress

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Back in February I asked “Can the Democrats really run veterans, football players and sheriffs (in other words, the type of people who appeal to blue-collar whites) when the SJW-types who are in charge hate those types of people?”

In Kansas, James Thompson, a guy from a prole background, an army veteran who has a TV commercial in which he’s seen shooting an AR-15, is mounting a successful campaign in a special election for Congress. Part of his campaign shtick is that he’s pro-veteran and Washington isn’t doing enough for the veterans. As you know, prole whites from flyover country love the veterans. And his campaigns uses lots of American flags, and prole whites from flyover love the American flag.

Initially, Thompson got absolutely no support from the Democratic Party. The wrong kind of Democrat. But they are finally supporting him now , because the prospect of flipping a deep-red seat to the Democratic party overcomes their distaste of supporting white male military veterans.

Some of Thompson’s support comes because the voters in Kansas are mad that Republican Sam Brownback vetoed a bipartisan bill to finally accept Obama’s Medicaid expansion. The Medicaid expansion is like free money from the federal government, and without it, people too poor to qualify for Obamacare subsidies are left without any health insurance. The only reason to veto it at the state level is because some Republicans hate Obama so much they’d rather see the people of their state go without health coverage rather than accept Obama’s free federal money.

If it seems that I’m a fan of Thompson… well I have grave doubts about anyone whose career is as a “civil rights attorney” (after graduating from a TTT law school). That means his job is to use the law to harass white people for alleged discrimination against minorities and women. However, I could not find anything on the internet about his legal career, except that he’s in private practice and does not work for a government agency. His profile says that he does “Civil Rights, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Wills,” so he sounds like some low-level shyster who will take any type of case because he doesn’t have enough business. Maybe he thinks that “civil rights attorney” sounds more prestigious than “personal injury attorney.”

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Based on the comments, I certify that Mr. Thompson is not an SJW type of “civil rights attorney” but rather a low-rent ambulance chaser who thinks it’s more prestigious to call himself a “civil rights attorney.”

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April 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

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Bannon, Kushner, and the two Captain Kirks

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Does anyone remember the Star Trek episode in which a transporter malfunction splits Captain Kirk into two, the good half and the bad half? At first, everyone assumes that the good half is the real Kirk, but eventually Spock realizes that without both halves, Captain Kirk can’t be the captain because the bad half provides Kirk with a lot of critical leadership attributes. Spock is able to save Kirk by jury-rigging the transporter to reunite the two halves.

It’s the same thing with Bannon and Kushner. There are some people from the alt-right who think that Bannon is the real Trump and Kushner is an annoyance that Trump needs to get rid of. But actually, Trump needs Kushner a lot. Kushner has been instrumental in making Trump a more effective candidate and now a more effective President. It’s unfortunate that Kushner’s policy beliefs are closer to Hillary Clinton than to Bannon, but Kushner performs a critical role in the administration that no one else can fill.

Thus it’s essential that a Spock comes along really soon and gets Bannon and Kushner to be on the same team. Could Reince Priebus be Spock?

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April 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm

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Bannon demoted

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I didn’t know what to think of this at first, so instead I blogged about Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

But according to this New York Times article, which seems to have a lot of inside information (too many loose lips in the White House), Bannon was demoted, and there are many theories about why Trump is mad at him.

This is bad news for Trumpism. This could be the beginning of a bunch of establishment Republican types taking over the administration steering wheel.

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Mike Cernivich says that the NY Times story is “fake drama.”

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April 5, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Posted in Politics

Susan Rice thing

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I’m rooting for Trump, and I would like nothing more than for this to be the smoking gun that damns the Obama administration, but I have no idea if there’s anything really there. I certainly don’t want to get my hopes up and then feel stupid that I fell for a dumb conspiracy theory.

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April 5, 2017 at 12:59 am

Posted in Politics

“Nuclear option” what stupid name

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“Nuclear” sounds like a huge apocalyptic explosion with massive fatalities. In contrast, changing the rules of procedure for the Senate is a big yawner.

The rule that allows filibusters is pretty dumb anyway. Maybe it made sense in the 1800s when the Senate didn’t do that much so they had a lot of free time to waste, but it doesn’t make sense anymore.

I urge the mainstream media to stop calling it that.

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April 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

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Reminder: before Obamacare, poor people got free healthcare

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I read a lot of comments like “I don’t want no Obamacare because I don’t want my tax dollars to pay for the healthcare of no poor people”

Well here’s a fact for you: before Obamacare, poor people still had free healthcare.

1. Medicaid predates Obamacare.
2. Before Obamacare, under the EMTALA passed when Reagan was president, emergency medical providers (like hospitals) must treat everyone who has an emergency medical condition or is in labor, regardless of their ability to pay.
3. Everyone 65+ had Medicare.

Obamacare expanded healthcare subsidies to those who are less poor, the working poor and yes even the middle class. Yes, those making the median household income (currently $51,759 per year) are eligible for Obamacare subsidies.

Healthcare for all makes sense for middle-class tax payers. They are already being taxed for healthcare for poor people and seniors, they might as well pay a little more tax and get the benefit themselves.

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March 27, 2017 at 10:08 am

Posted in Politics

American Truck Simulator screenshot

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Leaving Phoenix, AZ, headed towards Las Vegas, NV.

Those crazy stacked highway interchanges is just like how I remember driving in Phoenix! However, 99% of the actual city of Phoenix is missing. There’s just a few highways.

This game is strangely enjoyable. I highly recommend it if you have a video card and a game controller.

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March 26, 2017 at 11:41 am

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