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Trump administration today

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Reported in the Wall Street Journal:

A person close to Mr. Trump said he was reluctant to let go of Mr. Flynn because Mr. Flynn had vigorously supported him at a stage of his presidential campaign when few people did. Mr. Trump also felt Mr. Flynn did nothing wrong in his conversations with the U.S. ambassador to Russia and had good intentions.

This is consistent with my previous posts and comments on Trump. I previously wrote:

Trump likes to reward people who are loyal to him, and especially those who were loyal to him back when everyone said he had no chance of winning anything and that anyone who associated with Trump was an evil racist. Flynn was one of those loyalists whom Trump rewarded.

I also expressed doubt that Flynn did anything wrong by talking to the Russian ambassador.

The WSJ quote, however, is consistent with Flynn doing a bad job and Trump using this opportunity to get rid of him.

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I haven’t yet written anything about Andrew Puzder.

I think it’s unfortunate that Puzder was rejected by the Senate. With previous experience as a lawyer and specifically with labor law, and as CEO of a big corporation that hires a lot of people, especially at the bottom end of the economy, I think no one was better qualified to lead the Department of Labor, especially as an outsider.

People are wrong to mix up the position that Puzder has to take as a CEO and a lawyer where his job is to be an advocate for the positions of his employer, and his own personal politics which are unknown. Puzder had to support more immigration and lower minimum wage because it benefited the fast food company he worked for.

For example, just because I wrote marketing copy for my former employer’s website doesn’t mean that I believe any of the crap that I wrote. I was just doing my job. The same applies to Puzder.

If Trump thinks that Puzder would advocate for Trump’s positions as Secretary of Labor, then I have no reason not to accept Trump’s judgment. If Puzder were to change his loyalty from CKE Restaurants to the American people, then he would have been a great force for good, as no one knows better the two-faced arguments made by big corporations to benefit shareholders at the expense of the American worker. But unfortunately, with his rejection by the Senate, that won’t happen.

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February 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

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Executive order on visas and immigration and the 9th Circuit

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Please comment here, and not in the Star Trek posts.

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As of Feb 8, 11:15 AM EST going forward any off-topic comments in the Star Trek posts will be deleted. Don’t waste time writing a comment that will be deleted. Leave the comment here instead, where it will be welcomed.

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February 7, 2017 at 10:30 pm

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A prediction I made in 2014 that I’m glad turned out wrong

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The coming liberal Supreme Court

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February 1, 2017 at 9:27 am

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Happy New Year, and disappointment with my blog commenters

I am very disappointed in certain blog commenters. I thought it was cool that Serena Williams is marrying a nerdy white guy, and I wish them the best of luck with their marriage, but there were a lot of uncalled for mean-spirited comments about Serena Williams who has done nothing wrong here and in fact has done a lot right. She deserves praise for her smart choice in a mate, and not your petty insults.

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January 1, 2017 at 1:52 am

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Malls in the 1980s

Malls in the 1980s had the following fun stores which no longer exist:

Coin-operated video arcade
Record store (with vinyl records)
Radio Shack
Store that sold Dungeons and Dragons stuff
Art supply store

Furthermore, department stores like Macy’s used to have televisions and stereo systems.

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December 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

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Hanukkah in Santa Monica

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December 24, 2016 at 12:01 am

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The big liberal beard

This comment by “Horace Pinker” deserves its own post:

The big liberal beard is something I started noticing about a decade ago. I think a lot of men who get into social justice realize that most of the world looks at them like faggots, but they think of themselves as righteous warriors who are fighting oppression and doing the work that other men aren’t brave and woke enough to do . . . and they overcompensate with traditionally masculine beards.

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December 22, 2016 at 5:40 pm

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Decline of the Catskills and Jewish stand-up comedy

I admit that Jews appear to be a declining force in stand-up comedy, not as dominant as they were forty years ago.

I think this coincides with a decline in the Catskills as a vacation spot for Jews. That Catskills were where Jews went to vacation back in the days when air travel was expensive and Jews were less wealthy (and more prole), and also when Jews were not welcome at gentile white resorts.

The major night-time entertainment in the Catskills was stand-up comedy. Thus did the Catskills provide a training ground for Jewish comedians (where no doubt they started out doing weeknight shows at lesser hotels, with the cream of the crop rising up to doing weekend shows at the big hotels like the Concord and Grossingers, and then out into the gentile world of movies and television), and that training ground no longer exists. And probably, smart young Jewish men today are too busy going to Ivy League schools to become stand-up comics.

Jewish stand-up comedy is likely a victim of assimilation.

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December 15, 2016 at 5:26 pm

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How Trump can end the climate change “consensus”

The reason why there’s a “consensus” that climate change is happening is because it’s such a huge career detriment for a scientist to be skeptical of global warming. The E.P.A. spends billions of dollars a year on climate change research and the research money only goes to scientists who believe (or claim to believe) in climate change.

Once Trump controls the E.P.A., he can redirect the billions of dollars to research skeptical of climate change. And suddenly, overnight, we will see large numbers of skeptical scientists appear out of nowhere and there will no longer be a “consensus.”

Scott Pruitt, who Trump appointed to lead the E.P.A., is an experienced attorney general and climate change skeptic who will know how to legally redirect the E.P.A.’s huge budget towards skeptical research.

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December 11, 2016 at 10:44 am

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Was Sulu gay? Or just the actor who played him?

Gothamette asks a good question:

Is Sulu gay? I know that the actor who plays him is, but I wasn’t aware that the character is also supposed to be gay.

There were episodes in which Kirk, Scotty, Dr. McCoy, and even logical Mr. Spock, all had romantic encounters with females. In the case of Kirk, every other episode. Even Chekov once had an old girlfriend show up in an episode. But never a woman for Sulu. I think the hints were there.

The alternate universe Sulu had the hots for Uhura in the episode Mirror Mirror, but that just demonstrates that the alternate-universe Sulu is hetero, while the real Sulu is gay. That was a huge hint of Sulu’s gayness that was overlooked at the time.

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December 9, 2016 at 1:48 pm

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