Sunday, February 26, 2017

Republican Replacement for ACA is Great and Ready to Go

What!  You Thought We Were Serious.  C'mon Man,Work With Us Here

For years and years the Republicans voted to repeal ACA/Obamacare, and were only able to keep from repealing it because they knew Mr. Obama and the Democrats would not allow it.  So it didn't matter that they had a replacement plan, they were never going to have to produce it.

But wow, were they screwed when Trump won the election.  See now there was no obstacle to repeal but unfortunately no existence for replacement.  And recently Speaker Paul Ryan went around to the House member declaring that other than a few overbaked under thought ideas, they go nothing.

According to numerous lawmakers and aides in the room, as well as a policy memo distributed afterward, the House leaders laid out elements of a repeal-and-replace plan — including long-standing Republican concepts like health savings accounts, tax credits and state high-risk pools for the chronically sick. But they did not detail how those elements would fit together or get passed into law.
“It’s sort of a smorgasbord right now,” said Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.).
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Thursday that legislation to overhaul the ACA would be introduced later this month, after lawmakers return from the recess. 
Burt what about that comment that legislation would be introduced later this month? Really, you took that seriously? Remember this.

What was clear Thursday is that Trump intends to take a hands-off approach to overhauling the health-care system — for now, at least. He had earlier pledged, including to The Washington Post shortly before his inauguration, that he had a health-care plan “very much formulated down to the final strokes” to be introduced once Price was confirmed. At a news conference Thursday, Trump again said his plan was in the “final stages” and would be submitted to Congress in March.

And what's the latest from Trump? Well he said recently, probably 2018, which by anyone's calendar except Trump's is not this coming March.

Economists Across the Political Spectrum Agree - Trump Plan for Infrastructure Spending is Rediculous

In Trump's Mind That is Probably a Plus

How does the government get $1 trillion of infrastructure spending by spending only $137 billion? They don't of course unless one lives in the fantasy world of Trumpies.  So here's the plan.

"The proposal is this: To stimulate $1 trillion in expenditures over 10 years, the Trump administration should hand out $137 billion worth of tax credits to private businesses. That federal tax credit would leverage a flood of private money, covering 82 percent of the equity needed for new projects, argues Ross, who co-authored the plan with Peter Navarro, a University of California at Irvine business professor whom President-elect Donald Trump has tapped as his trade adviser."

The reaction from reality, that is economists.

"Hogwash, say economists from across the political spectrum. “It is totally ill conceived,” Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard University economist and former treasury secretary, said in an email.

The clash over the plan goes to the heart of one of Trump’s main campaign pledges — to boost infrastructure spending. Trump never laid out whether he would do that through federal spending or through public-private partnerships. And he has not defined what would qualify as infrastructure, potentially triggering a feeding frenzy in Congress as public officials and corporations seek support for their pet projects.

As a result, the Ross-Navarro proposal, unveiled in late October, is the closest thing to an official one. But economists say its flaws are numerous.

First, “it will function largely as a giveaway to contractors on projects that would have happened anyway,” Summers said."

Well of course.  a giveaway to private companies is what the plan is all about.  If something actually gets done, well that's not expected but would be acceptable.

Ok, Summers is a Democrat.  But what about this fellow?

"Even economists who favor privatization of infrastructure oppose tax credits as the way to go about that. Steve H. Hanke, a professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University, served on President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he was in charge of the infrastructure portfolio.Hanke believes that infrastructure should be built and operated by private companies, arguing that public infrastructure projects are plagued by “massive waste, fraud and abuse.”

Yet Hanke, too, says that tax credits won’t do the trick. He says that tax credits for financing infrastructure are “an opaque way to finance infrastructure” that would “complicate an already monstrously complex U.S. tax code.”

Morning Joe Made Morning Joe More Watchable

Which is good because the Joe part of Morning Joe was becoming unwatchable.

There at least one prominent Trumpie no longer welcome on Morning Joe as the WaPo and others report.

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski said Wednesday that she refuses to book Kellyanne Conway on “Morning Joe” — and that wasn't even the harshest thing Brzezinski and co-host Joe Scarborough said about the counselor to the president.
“We know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show,” Brzezinski said. “I won't do it, 'cuz I don't believe in fake news or information that is not true. And that is — every time I've ever seen her on television, something’s askew, off or incorrect.”
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Not a picture of Kellyanne when she got the news
Hey Kellyanne, get the message yet? Can you hear it? Do you have a clue?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Trump Has Not Ordered Anyone to be Burned at the Stake!!

Trump Administration So Desperate for Positive Press That They Trumpet as News Things They Didn't Do

Things are so bad with Donnie and the Boys that they are now feeding the press stories about how they did not do awful things.  Here's one.

Ivanka Trump and Jared .

Kushner worked to sink LGBT order
"Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump helped lead the charge to scuttle a draft executive order that would have overturned Obama-era enforcements of LGBT rights in the workplace, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told POLITICO

A draft executive order on LGBT rights that outlines how to roll back former President Barack Obama’s protections and expand legal exemptions based on religious beliefs has been circulating among journalists and worried progressive groups this week.

But two sources close to Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who have a record of supporting gay rights, said the couple favored putting out a clear statement from the president, promising to uphold the 2014 Obama executive order and stopping the momentum for the turnaround in its tracks."

Wow, so Trumpie is to be congratulated for not taking steps to promote discrimination against the gay community.  Stop the Presses!!

Florida State U to Spend Millions to Upgrade School's Golf Course

Wondering Why Higher Ed is Expensive and Failing - Look No More

A college education in this nation used to be, you know, an education.  And it used to be affordable.  Nowadays college leaves a graduate with massive debt and not as much education as they need.  Here's part of the reason at Florida State, millions spent in the past years to maintain a golf course.

FSU’s golf course last underwent a major renovation in 2001, when FSU spent $5.5 million to build a new clubhouse, pro shop and restaurant facility. In 2004, it spent $2.2 million to rebuild its tees and greens and install a new irrigation system.

Renovations to the course and two-story brick facility are expected to cost between $4 million to $6 million. The project’s start date is yet to be determined.

No further comment needed, is there?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Kansas Republicans - Smarter Than the Rest of Us - Show Us How Massive Tax Cuts Energize a State's Economy

Except of Course They Don't

When Republicans took full control of Kansas in 2011 Gov. Sam Brownback pushed through massive tax cuts.  This was going to show the rest of the nation how the economics of Supply Side policy worked perfectly.  It didn't turn out so well.  From the WaPo.

"Overall, Kansas’s economy expanded by about 2.9 percent between 2011, when Brownback took office, and 2015, the latest year for which data are available. Over the same period, the gross domestic product increased 9.2 percent nationally, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics."

State legislators have had enough, and voted to end the disasterous experiment. The Goverenor vetoed the bill and his veto was just barely upheld.

Brownback, a Republican who once called his tax policy a “real-live experiment” with conservative principles, had vetoed a bill that would have repealed the most important provisions of his overhaul. While the state House voted to override the veto earlier in the day, proponents of the bill came up three votes shy of the two-thirds majority needed in the Senate. Fifteen Republican senators voted to override the veto, while 16 voted to sustain it.

In the House, 45 GOP legislators voted in favor of the increase, while 40 voted to uphold the governor’s veto.

Now we have no fault with Kansas trying supply side stupidity.  The voters asked for it and they got it.  But the complaint of reasonable people is pretty straight forrward; the experiment failed, end it.  But the true believers who pushed this horrendous policy on Kansas never give up.  Their's is faith based economics, and nothing says faith better than the discarded, discredited, wrong, stupid and idiotic belief that tax cuts for the wealthy will create an vibrant economy.  They create what we all knew they would create, deficits, hardships, and failure.

N.H. residents no longer need a license to carry concealed loaded guns

This Will Not End Well

From the Boston Globe

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation removing the licensing requirement for carrying concealed firearms. A representative from the National Rifle Association says that makes New Hampshire the 12th state that doesn’t require a license or permit.

Now anyone who isn’t prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun can carry it concealed without a license. The previous law gave police chiefs and local officials the discretion to decide if someone was ‘‘suitable’’ to carry a gun concealed.
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Another victory for the Gun Nut Lobby, another loss of life (or two or twenty or a bunch)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Texan Duane Buck - Headed for Death Row - Gets Justice at the Supreme Court

Despite Pleas of Justice Clarence to Kill Him

Texas sends a lot of people to death, and Duane Buck was no exception.  In his case however in the penalty phase of his trial he had an expert witness, who incredibly testified against him.  From the decision.

"Petitioner Duane Buck was convicted of capital murder in a Texas court. Under state law, the jury was permitted to impose a death sentence only if it found unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt that Buck was likely to commit acts of violence in the future. Buck’s attorney called a psychologist, Dr. Walter Quijano, to offer his opinion on that issue. Dr. Quijano had been appointed to evaluate Buck by the presiding judge and had prepared a report setting out his conclusions. To determine the likelihood that Buck would act violently in the future, Dr. Quijano had considered a number of statistical factors, including Buck’s race. Although Dr. Quijano ultimately concluded that Buck was unlikely to be a future danger, his report also stated that Buck was statistically more likely to act violently because he is black. The report read, in relevant part: “Race. Black: Increased probability.” 

Ok, so that's someone Buck's attorney would keep from testifying. But no.

"Despite knowing the contents of the report, Buck’s counsel called Dr. Quijano to the stand, where he testified that race is a factor “know[n] to predict future dangerousness.” Id., at 146a. Dr. Quijano’s report was admitted into evidence at the close of his testimony. The prosecution questioned Dr. Quijano about his conclusions on race and violence during cross-examination, and it relied on his testimony in summation. During deliberations, the jury requested and received the expert reports admitted into evidence, including Dr. Quijano’s. The jury returned a sentence of death."

The case reached the Supreme Court that found

"Buck’s trial counsel knew that Dr. Quijano’s report reflected the view that Buck’s race predisposed him to violent conduct and that the principal point of dispute during the penalty phase was Buck’s future dangerousness. Counsel nevertheless called Dr. Quijano to the stand, specifically elicited testimony about the connection between race and violence, and put Dr. Quijano’s report into evidence. No competent defense attorney would introduce evidence that his client is liable to be a future danger because of his race."

And so Buck may not be executed despite the efforts of his attorney to get him killed by Texas.

Of course dissenting was Clarence Thomas (with Alito) who just loves for state to kill disadvantaged accused.  The idea that his own attorney worked against Mr. Buck plays no role in justice for Thomas.

Trumps Want to Cook the Books on Trade Deficit

If you can't winn honestly, cheat

The U. S. runs a trade deficit.  In order to get more leverage for protectionism that will harm the U. S. economy the administration is thinking of fixing the books so the trade deficit looks larger.

"The leading idea under consideration would exclude from U.S. exports any goods first imported into the country, such as cars, and then transferred to a third country like Canada or Mexico unchanged, these people told The Wall Street Journal.
Economists say that approach would inflate trade deficit numbers because it would typically count goods as imports when they come into the country but not count the same goods when they go back out, known as re-exports."
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Basic conservative playbook.  If yu can't win on the merits, change the rules.

In Iowa Conservatives Go From Weird, Selfish, Insensitive to Just Plain Unconstitutional

Don'tcha Just Hate It When Constitutional Rights Interfere with Bias and Bigotry

It has long been a conservative mantra that universities are filled with liberals who indoctrinate their students.  How else does conservative thought fail, it can't be the ugliness of it can it?  And of course since conservatives would use their position in higher education to indoctrinte, they assume progressives do also, even though they don't.  A chem teacher cannot teach the Democratic principles of atomic structure.

So in Iowa where conservatives reign they want to force colleges to hire Republicans.

A bill in the Iowa Senate seeks to achieve greater political diversity among professors at the state's Board of Regents universities. Senate File 288 would institute a hiring freeze until the number of registered Republicans and Democrats on the university faculty fall within 10 percent of each other.
Rep Mark Chelgren - Thinks he's a Republican
Acts like a Communist

Gosh, for all their professed love of the Constitution, and they may love it,  conservatives sure don't like it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

After Our Long Day's Journey Into Nightmare, The Gestapo Deportation Force Cometh

What You Were Expecting Peace and Love?

The round up and deportation of people other than those whom Donald approves of has begun.

"The memos instruct all agents, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify, capture and quickly deport every undocumented immigrant they encounter.
The memos require undocumented immigrants caught entering the country to be placed in detention until their cases are resolved, increase the ability of local police to help in immigration enforcement, call for the hiring of 10,000 more immigration agents and allow planning to begin on an expansion of the border wall between the United States and Mexico.
The memos make undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of a crime the highest priority for enforcement operations. But they make clear that ICE agents should also arrest and initiate deportation proceedings against any other undocumented immigrant they encounter.

And where will they deport them to? Well Mexico of course even if they are not Mexican.

"The new directives also allow Customs agents to send some people directly back to Mexico, whether they’re Mexican or not. Under previous administrations, people from Mexico and Canada could be deported directly back home. But people from all other countries, such as from Central America, had to detained until they could be flown back to their country of origin."

Yes future generations will look back on this the way we now look back on the internment olf Japanese during WWII.   But that doesn't mean we can't be ashamed now, because we should be.

Conservatives Go to Court in Arkansas to Promote Bigotry, Hatred and Prejudice

Just Whose Side is Government On?

The state of Arkansas is suing the city of Fayetteville.  Why, because that city passed ordances protecting its citizens against bias, discrimination and all the ugly stuff that goes with that.

"The Arkansas Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in a high-profile case that pits the state against the college town of Fayetteville, which approved an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
State officials are challenging the ordinance, enacted in 2015, on the grounds that it exceeds state law."
A view down Dickson Street in Fayetteville, Ark., in 2011. The city’s ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is being challenged by the state.
A view down Dickson Street in Fayetteville, Ark., in 2011. The city’s ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is being challenged by the state. PHOTO: WESLEY HITT/GETTY IMAGES
A city that doesn't want discrimination - What's wrong with them?
Wow, Government resources and tax dollars being used to all out attack a city for bannng discrimination that goes beyond what the state as a whole does. Somebody call the police, the army, the ballistic missiles. Well somebody at least ought to call out the state officials, all of whom one must assume are card carrying conservatives for family values for rejecting family values and promoting hate.

We wonder how members of the minority community feel about their tax dollars being used to fight laws that protect them?

Trumpies Want Germany to Spend More on Military

Today in Insanity

How Did that Work Out Last Time?

In its zeal to impose ridiculous policies on other countries to go along with the ridiculous policies in this country, the Trumpet administration is pushing Germany to spend more money on its military forces and, you know, become a world military power.

"MUNICH — When the visiting American dignitaries hammered home their desire for Europe to spend more on their military in recent days, their biggest target was the Continent’s richest nation — Germany.
Washington’s pointed attacks on Berlin — whether over its open-door policy for refugees or its too favorable trade balances — have by now become a feature of transatlantic relations. But the American push on defense, unlike the others, is opening a new front in the coming German electoral campaign and could make U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand a wedge issue.

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Trump's Goal for German Re-Armament

Wow, what a great idea. For the last hundred years or so German military power has been a huge force in world politics. Who wouldn't want Germany armed to the teeth? Oh, maybe the ghosts of those 6 million Jewish men and women killed in the Holocaust. Or maybe the millions of civilians killed in two world wars. Or maybe the millions of troops killed in battle.

Trump foreign policy. Sanity is not a pre-condition.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy Goes From Bizarre to Insane

It is foreign to the administration, but there is no policy

The situation in the Ukraine is straight forward.  Russia invaded the country and seized Crimea and is militarily helping rebels iin the eastern part of the nation.   The world condemns this policy.  But the current administration has employed a bunch of amateurs to make things worse.  From the NYT.

Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

That's right, a bunch of idiots with no foreign policy experience have stuck their noses into a serious conflict. But that's not the worst, this is.

Mr. Artemenko said he saw in Mr. Trump an opportunity to advocate a plan for peace in Ukraine — and help advance his own political career. Essentially, his plan would require the withdrawal of all Russian forces from eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian voters would decide in a referendum whether Crimea, the Ukrainian territory seized by Russia in 2014, would be leased to Russia for a term of 50 or 100 years.

Michael D. Cohen, second from left, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, with Michael T. Flynn, left, and former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas at Trump Tower in December. Mr. Cohen delivered the peace plan to Mr. Flynn a week before Mr. Flynn resigned as national security adviser. CreditSam Hodgson for The New York Times

Larry and Curly meet Moe

Leased???. Leased??? A country doesn't lease its territory to an enemy. What are these people thinking. Oh, thinking has nothing to do with it. If Trump is part of this he is an even bigger fool than we thought, admittedly a difficult task. If he is not, he has no control over his foreign policy and he is an even bigger fool than we thought.

Key Trump Personnel Stephen Bannon and Betsy DeVos Support Group That Wants to End Public Education and Replace It With Church Schools

At Least They Are Open About It

Those of us who believe that the right wing religious nuts want to abolish not only the Department of Education but public education itself now have proof that they and the administration are in cahoots.  From the Washington Post is a story about the Council on National Policy, a group which has as its active supporters the guru to the President Stephen Bannon, Commie Conway and the not-so-smart new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family.

Here’s some of what they believe

It also says states should encourage K-12 public schools to post the Ten Commandments, teach Bible classes and recognize holidays such as Easter and Christmas; promote instruction “from a Judeo-Christian perspective”; and remove “secular-based sex education materials from school facilities.”

It calls for the termination of the Common Core academic standards and an end to the government collection of student data, which has generated concerns among activists on the right and the left.

The goal, it says, is a “gradual, voluntary return at all levels to free-market private schools, church schools and home schools as the normative American practice.”

Now the group is entitled to its views and entitled to push its views.  But the group is pretty clandestine.

Names of the council’s members are closely held. But the Southern Poverty Law Center published a 2014 membership directory showing that Stephen K. Bannon — now chief White House strategist for President Trump — was a member and that Kellyanne Conway — now counselor to the president — served on the council’s executive committee.

Its hundreds of members are a who’s who of prominent figures on the Christian right, including former lawmakers and leaders in social activism, business and think tanks. Their thrice-yearly meetings are held in undisclosed locations, and every four years GOP presidential candidates show up to address the crowd and seek their favor.

You see, these right winger know they cannot get America to support them if everyone knew their positions, so the stealth movement using useful idiots like DeVos and Conway are about the only strategy they have.  And the danger to America, with everyone distracted by other things it just might work.

The Silent Majority - Hey GOP They Ain't Who You Thought They Are - And They Ain't Being Silent

One of the great myths of American politics is that there is or was a Silent Majority, a cadre of conservative right wing Christians who didn't both to vote, but who if they did vote would make themselves and their ilk a majority.

It turns out the real Silent Majority are those people who having gotten things like health care under a Democratic administration and have been silent because, well because they got what they needed.  And now that Republicans are threatening to take away health care benefits for millions, well they are not so silent anymore.

"In November, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) won reelection to one of the most Republican districts in the nation, with 73 percent of the vote.

On Thursday night, he found himself facing a very different picture. Thousands of people crowded in and outside of what was supposed to be a run-of-the-mill town hall in Utah to boo him and chant, “You work for us” and “Do your job!” Reporters heard those who couldn't get into the 1,080-person auditorium yelling: “Bring him out!”

Republicans are retreating into cowardice.

"In Tennessee, Knoxville-area Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R) refused to hold a town hall given amid all the tension. " I do not intend to give more publicity to those on the far left who have so much hatred, anger and frustration in them," he said in a letter. "I have never seen so many sore losers as there are today."

Never seen so many sore losers, huh.  Apparently Rep. Duncan has not met Trump.

So go ahead Republicans, try to figure out a way to replace ACA. Take your time. The longer you wait the more stirred up the folks are going to get and while that's not good for you it is good for the nation.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The True Story Behind the Trump Flynn Russia Debacle – What the President Knew and When He Knew It

We Produce Brilliant Fake News, and Are So Proud to do So We Label This as Fake News

Editor’s note:  From our secret mail drop on Funk and Wagnall’s front porch this Forum has learned the true (well not true) story behind all the fantastic goings on in the White House involving national security adviser Mike the Hammer Flynn and Donnie the So-Called President Trump. 

Washington (FNC*).  Investigations have revealed that shortly after he learned that President Obama would impose sanctions on Russia for interfering in the U. S. election Donald Trump huddled with his soon-to-be national security adviser, Michael Flynn and asked him what they could do to make nice to Vlad the Putin.  Michael Flynn told Trump that he had the personal number of the Russian ambassador which he got from a classified ad touting massage parlors, and he could call him and try to influence Russian reaction.

Trump was apparently worried that Putin would think that he (Trump) was a part of the sanctions deal and he didn’t want Putin to say bad things about him or stop saying good things.  “I love the guy, I’ll do anything for him” Trump had gushed.  Trump apparently told Flynn to tell the ambassador that as soon as he could Trump would revisit the sanctions issue and might even  follow up with a visit to the new Russian territory of Crimea.  “Let’s just keep this between you and me and the white pages site on the internet that lists the ambassador’s phone number” Trump allegedly told Flynn.

Flynn expressed concern that a private citizen could not engage in diplomacy and that he might be caught, but then realized that was unlikely because “Those Nazi’s in intelligence are not smart enough to tap my phone.”  Later Flynn acknowledged that he forgot that there was a phone on the other end of the conversation that could be tapped and reportedly told the President “Who would have thought the intelligence people would try to tap the Russian ambassador’s phone, what intelligence could they get from that?” he probably said.

Trump, worried that the content of the call would get out told Flynn “Just lie about it to Pence and Kellyanne and Spicer, those guys couldn’t spot the truth if it smacked them in their tuchas”  said Trump, proudly displaying the Yiddish he had picked up from living in Manhattan.  And don’t worry if it does get out “I’ll protect you and take the fall” Trump told the soon-to-be fired adviser, in his mind invoking another Yiddish term "What a smuck".

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Carly Fiorina - Failure in Business - Failed Senate Candidate - Failed Presidential Candidate - Failed VP Candidate

Wants to Be a Failed Senate Candidate Again

Failure Apprently a Qualification for Office in Her Mind

Watching the rather bitter and nasty Carly Fiorina loses election after election has brought some small joy in the hearts of those who think qualifications matter in being elected to public office.  After having disgraced herself as a CEO and been totally ineffective as a political candidate Ms. Fiorina now thinks she should be senator from Virginia.

(CNN)Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Monday told a local Virginia radio show that she's considering running for the U.S. Senate seat in Virginia in 2018.
Asked on the John Fredericks Show if she would run for Senate, Fiorina said, "Well, I don't know yet, John. Sorry, I'm not gonna make a big announcement on your show."
"Look, I'm certainly looking at that opportunity," she added. "It's a little early to be making that decision, we're two weeks into a new administration."
An aptly placed Exit sign
Of course some people are asking why a person who ran in California can run in Virginia, but Ms. Fiorina is a basic 'cut and run' person. So after losing in California rather than staying in that state and working for Republicans she just moved across the country, demonstrating that her interest in a California senate seat was just for her own purposes, not for the citizens of that state.

So run Carly, run.  See Carly run.  See Carly lose again.

Trumpie Issues Executive Orders on Crime That Do Nothing

Meeting Expectations

Need further proof that the new President is all talk and little action.  Well here is his new policy on fighting crime, or to quote Gertrude Stein, ‘There’s no there there’

Trump Signs Orders to Combat Crime, With Little New in Them


WASHINGTON — At an Oval Office ceremony for the swearing in of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, President Trump announced that he was also going to sign three executive orders “designed to restore safety in America,” to “break the back” of cartels and “stop as of today” violence against the police.
The praise began arriving immediately. “I applaud President Trump for taking action to improve the security of our communities,” Representative Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. “President Trump’s executive orders are a good first step toward restoring law and order.”
Still, about 45 minutes later, when the White House released the actual text of the three orders, they turned out to contain few specific policy steps.
For example, the first, on combating international criminal cartels, largely consisted of stating opposition to such groups, and directed the government’s Threat Mitigation Working Group — which already existed because President Barack Obama established it back in 2011 — to review various efforts to battle them and “work to improve” those efforts.
And the other two, on reducing crime and preventing violence against law enforcement officials, directed Mr. Sessions to develop a strategy to achieve those goals by coordinating with other agencies, including at the state and local levels. The new attorney general is also to review existing laws and law enforcement grants and recommend changes if necessary.
President Trump signed an executive order after Jeff Sessions, right, was sworn in as attorney general. Vice President Mike Pence and Mr. Sessions’s wife, Mary, were also in the Oval Office. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times
that look alone should scare criminals

Yeah, that ought to scare hell out of bad dudes bent on harming us.  Once again, Donald Trump, so much talk, so much vitriol, so much ignorance, so little action.

Lyndon Johnson and The Smothers Brothers - Anyone Think This Would Happen Today?

Until the last election, the Vietnam War and the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson caused the most divisive split in the nation's political persona in modern times.  A symbol of this fracturing was a TV show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

"The brothers’ challenges to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration and comments on other political issues became sharper. Battles with the network censors became more frequent. The brothers took their dispute to the press and became national symbols of countercultural resistance. A little more than two years after the show’s debut, CBS fired Tom and Dick Smothers and canceled their still-successful show."

Tom, left, and Dick Smothers on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”
Gosh, they look like just real Americans, but don't let that fool you
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But here's what happened at the end.

"Lyndon Johnson, too, had been enraged by the Smotherses’ barbs. But when he announced on March 31, 1968, that he would not seek re-election, the dynamic between the president and the brothers shifted substantially.

Tom Smothers recalled being so stunned by Johnson’s TV address that he wrote him a letter, saying that he disagreed with him on the Vietnam War, but was impressed by his other accomplishments and wanted to thank him.

Johnson responded with a letter that Dick read on the last episode.

“It is part of the price of leadership of this great and free nation,” Johnson wrote, “to be the target of clever satirists. You have given the gift of laughter to our people. May we never grow so somber or self-important that we fail to appreciate the humor in our lives.”

Hence the difference between a great man like Lyndon Johns and a great fool like Donald Trump.