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January 16, 2019

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Quoted on BJ:

On the prospects of a wall-free funding bill, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) put it this way: “The president won’t sign it. Why would we work on it?”
“I’m ready to vote for anything that the president agrees to sign,” added Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.), the third-ranking Senate Republican. “And once we get that, I’m a ‘yes’ vote.”

They'd rather admit that they've given up their power as a co-equal branch of government that can override vetoes, than that crippling or even destroying the federal government is a bug not a feature, with gravy if they can frame it as the fault of the Ds.

Maybe their big donors can get to them, but I'm not optimistic.

Maybe their big donors can get to them, but I'm not optimistic.

Although I expected it to happen at the end of last week, I still think that enough Republican Senators will fold as the wheels start coming off things back in their states. When the Republican governors and state legislative leaders there get loud enough, the Senators will remember that they are unlikely to win reelection if those state-level members of their party oppose them.

They'd rather admit that they've given up their power as a co-equal branch of government...

Congress gave up its position as first among equals a long time ago.

And now the so-called president has subordinated himself to Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity.

Between Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell, it should be clear which one is abjectly subservient to Dear Leader. But be careful, Nancy: if you don't give He, Trump his lollipop, the Unholy Trinity will NOT applaud you for acting like a "co-equal" anything.

--TP

Just to expand my point:

The number of Transportation Security Administration agents who failed to show up for duty Sunday hit a record 10 percent
www.washingtonpost.com/local/2019/01/21/tsa-checkpoint-worker-no-shows-peak-percent-workforce

Somehow, I'm not seeing any chance of fewer folks calling in sick in coming days.

I'm trying to figure out what measure generated the red/blue map at the top of Nigel's article. None that I can think of generate a map quite that lopsided.

Results of 2016 Presidential election.

Results of 2016 Presidential election.

Which means that we have to take into account Putin's preferences.

That said, sure, I'm against monopolies too. I'm a Washington Monthly reader, and think that his argument makes sense for many reasons.

Results of 2016 Presidential election.

Then they got Nevada wrong, and blurred over the electoral college details (split delegations).

Then they got Nevada wrong

Indeed. My bad.

My aged mother still lives in her own house. It is an old house. It still has a fusebox, for instance. It is possibly the only house in the Greater Boston area without internet. Naturally, it has the constant stream of minor problems you would expect of such a house.

My aged mother (rightly) counts on me to fix these little problems, but she has a rule: "Fix it, but don't change anything." This is somewhat understandable: having lived in that house over 50 years she has established fixed routines for herself; as her memory gets dodgier, she clings even more steadfastly to those routines. New or different things (electronic ones especially) make her uncomfortable.

So, "Fix it, but don't change anything."

Reminds me of the "white working class" in the "heartland" as portrayed by many pundits and politicians.

The Government faces the same difficulty with respect to people who cling to their "way of life" that dutiful sons face with respect to aged mothers. Democrats believe in the power of The Government to fix things. But can The Government really help people who want The Government to stay the hell out of their lives? Can people who demand that their "way of life" be preserved also demand "change" or "progress" or "improvement"?

Well, yes: people can demand anything they like. But pundits and politicians who pretend to know how to make such people happy are welcome to advise me on how to "Fix it, but don't change anything" for my aged mother.

--TP

Fix it, but don't change anything.

Coincidentally, the anguished cry of many non-IT people (certainly me) any time somebody tech-savvy goes anywhere near their computers...

What's the legal position? How long must workers go unpaid before they're entitled not to turn up for work without risk of being fired for it?

"everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same"

Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa>

Lampedusa is a little island offshore of the slightly larger island of Lampeda, which is offshore of the island of Sicily.

What's the legal position?

govt workers can't strike, by law.

Coincidentally, the anguished cry of many non-IT people (certainly me) any time somebody tech-savvy goes anywhere near their computers...

The other day my wife was remarking on the piece of my Mac display that looks like it's stuck in a time warp. One corner is given over to a stack of command-prompt windows. Anyone from ~1980 Bell Labs or the Berkeley CS department would sit down in front of those, type a bit, and like the little girl in Jurassic Park, exclaim, "I know this. This is Unix!" One of the windows is running a program I wrote 30+ years ago called scraps that give me the equivalent of all the scraps of paper you scribble the odd notes on (and then promptly lose). Another one is logged into the Raspberry Pi that runs my "bedside appliance" and is where I do the code development for that device.

"How long must workers go unpaid before they're entitled not to turn up for work without risk of being fired for it?"

Workers have been showing up for jobs for which they are woefully underpaid for decades, not to mention the highly organized and purposeful conservative corporate movement's well-entrenched program of reducing compensation for labor ... cutting wages, cutting benefits, cutting retirement programs ... AND on top of that reducing or attempting to eliminate the safety net protecting workers from the ravages of the aforementioned cuts, AND sharply restricting union activity and membership any chance they get.

Not paying for labor, except for the select company of high-toned white collar labor remunerated via capital gains, is conservative republican boiler plate.

What do we think Delay, Armey, and Abramoff, fully supported by the entire evil republican edifice, were doing in the slave protecterate of the Marianas back in the day, fostering a model for NOT paying anyone for their labor which could then be adopted by America at large.

I find it amusing ... since I can't recommend my usual measures for well-deserved savage vengeance any longer, see the archives for those, amusement is my only recourse now ... that folks, government employees continually, always, daily for decades, maligned by stinking conservatives, for laziness, overcompensation, which is to say any at all, and outright theft, are showing up to labor for nothing on behalf of the very anti-American conservative filth whose faces those government employees should be spitting in, and much worse.

But, maybe we have a new model for American labor which can be adopted by the fucking private sector as well ... everyone.

No pay, but you had better show up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and kiss my ass and hand over those services and products gratis to me.

Shop-lifting, the new American economic paradigm.

And as any filthy republican will tell you, you are lucky to have a job. You'll be happy to be unemployed, even for nothing.

So-called Americans don't like that arrangement?

Good, fuck off and starve.

Kiss Dagny Taggert's stilletto heels.

We live in a culture now in which thieves can legally co-opt my personal data and sell it for a profit.

The possible solution is that maybe, maybe, I might be able to buy the personal data from those who stole it in the first place.

Really, sounds like a typical shithead full of shit American con-job to me.

Don't tax me that first cent, don't so much as regulate my jaywalking, don't presume to govern me in any way shape and form, republicans/conservatives.

And you can hand over whatever you are selling to me without compensation .. and like it.

Including military-grade weaponry.

Well, there I went again.

Snarki: a masterpiece. The image of the Prince of Salina having (metaphorically) to chew and then swallow, grisly bit by bit, the toad as he painfully accommodates the new reality has stayed with me for decades.

Michael Cain: your 11.19 displays simultaneously qualities I can identify with (the urge to keep access to old and beloved capabilities) and those I can barely imagine (the ability to navigate and understand IT). Sometimes I feel like many of you people on ObWi are a next stage on from me of evolution of humanity; oh wait, I guess you are.

250 days and counting.

2500 days and counting.

https://www.balloon-juice.com/2019/01/22/the-senate-majority-leader-and-the-president-lied-about-the-contents-of-their-immigration-and-border-security-compromise-bill/

What's the legal position?

govt workers can't strike, by law.

Is that relevant to an individual employee who declines to go to work while his employer is in fundamental breach of contract?

Employment law may or may not give employees rights to collective withdrawal of labour which would otherwise be a tortious breach of contract. That's my understanding of a right to strike.

The other day my wife was remarking on the piece of my Mac display that looks like it's stuck in a time warp.

Similarly, my wife came thru my office yesterday and asked, "What are you going to do when that old thing dies?" That old thing being an HP Pavilion which runs something like Windows ME . . . or even Win 95! Mostly what it's used for is playing a game (Age of Empires) that my late mother-in-law gave me decades ago. Which may well not be compatible with newer OSs -- although perhaps it's less ancient than the computer it's on. (Obvious answer, wince and go buy a more recent version. Since I have no interest in a Collectors Edition, it's not that bad.)

Of course, there's one other thing on there. Since it's never been connected to the Internet, it's got the spreadsheet with all my accounts and passwords on it. Hard to replace that!

Is that relevant to an individual employee who declines to go to work while his employer is in fundamental breach of contract?

In the case of (Federal) government workers in "critical" jobs, yes it is explicitly legal to require them to show up regardless. Even with no guarantee (although it regularly is done) of make-up pay once the politicians get their act together. Whether is is Constitutional as well is something the courts get to sort out. And this shutdown sees several cases on just that point.

The other fun detail is that, to reduce the political pain, Trump has proclaimed several types of workers (e.g. IRS workers who process refunds) "critical", even though they don't meet the "protection of life or property" criteria specified in the law. Lawsuits on that coming as well....

Another thought provoking article from the Washington Monthly:
https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/january-february-march-2019/the-forgotten-lessons-of-lbjs-domestic-legacy/

In spite of the shutdown, the new National Intelligence Strategy is out.
https://www.dni.gov/files/ODNI/documents/National_Intelligence_Strategy_2019.pdf
Some fascinating bits here.

Given how broadly it contradicts Trump's worldview, I'm guessing it gets denounced as another move by the "Deep State". Otherwise known as the reality-based elements of the government.

I am disappointed that the NIS contains the word "climate" exactly once, in the executive summary. IIRC, the Pentagon's recent Joint Operating Environment documents include a whole raft of climate-related things that they think they will have to deal with.

My son's girlfriend works on/with climate models at one of the national labs. Her current funding is straight from DOD. And while the official language in the grant talks about improved weather forecasting, it is an open secret that what DOD is really concerned about is climate change, but they can't fund that, but the weather models and climate models share enormous amounts of code, validation procedures, etc, so...

what DOD is really concerned about is climate change, but they can't fund that

The military has to operate in the real world. (Getting shot at will concentrate the mind in that regard.) So when the politicians insist on ideologically-based stupidities, they find ways to get the job done anyway.

The only words the executive summary of a survey of America's national "intelligence" should contain are "fucking stupid".

Don't know where to put this, (why don't you shove it, John) but as an active investor in our thoroughly manipulated financial markets, I'm happy to see some professionals join me in condemning republican/conservative gummint corruption of yet another American institution:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/frustrated-investors-say-trump-administration-overly-sensitive-to-stock-market-gyrations-2019-01-23?siteid=bigcharts&dist=bigcharts

I not entirely sold on the idea of Harris as the nominee, but I’d quite like to see her debate Trump...

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/01/24/kamala-harris-2020-history-224126
As Stearns tells it, Harris rose from her seat at the front of the sanctuary and stepped behind Terence Hallinan, the incumbent who billed himself as “America’s most progressive district attorney.” She told the audience, “You know Terence Hallinan has attacked Bill Fazio for being caught in a massage parlor,” a reference to a 1998 raid. Fazio, a former prosecutor who had run two close races against Hallinan and was now taking a third shot at the office, maintained he was there to conduct interviews for a legal case he was working on. He was never charged with any crime.

Then, Harris walked behind Fazio, Stearns said, and recounted the times her opponent had criticized Hallinan “for people having sex in his office,” referring to an incident in which two of Hallinan’s prosecutors were found in flagrante delicto inside the building.

“And then she walked back to the middle and said, ‘I want to make a commitment to you that my campaign is not going to be about negative attacks,’” said Stearns, who is still a Democratic strategist in the city. “’I believe we need to talk about the issues and the policies and the way we’re going to move our criminal justice system forward.”

The response was immediate. “People just jumped on their feet and gave her a standing ovation,” Stearns said. “And I was at the back of the church, and the look on the face of Terence Hallinan and Bill Fazio was, ‘Oh, shit.’’”

I know a lot of people here have little use for George Will. But you may still find this takedown of Senator Graham amusing.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-do-people-such-as-lindsey-graham-come-to-congress/2019/01/23/9830a174-1e68-11e9-8e21-59a09ff1e2a1_story.html

Say what you may about Will. But who else would introduce a new (to me anyway) word into our national political repertoire?
tergiversations

FBI agents are complaining that they're not getting the money needed to pay confidential informants, make drug buys, and to pay overtime to state and local cops working with them on drug and prostitution stings.

So, the shutdown isn't all bad.

Voices From The Field: FBI Agent Accounts of the Real Consequences of the Government Shutdown (pdf)

i'm fine with George Will or anyone who resists Trump and Trumpism.

But who else would introduce a new (to me anyway) word into our national political repertoire?

To you and me, and I would guess others. This despite the first known usage occurring half a millennium ago. Hoocoodanode?

I've seen that word before, but don't know what it means.

"the first known usage occurring half a millennium ago"

And that was probably a typo.

The Tudor Period is notorious for a high frequency of typographical errors.

This despite the first known usage occurring half a millennium ago

You are clearly not an avid reader of Dickens.

It is precisely the kind of periphrastic circumlocution he revels in.

A Tale of Two Cities.

As with William F. Buckley, I read and listened to George Will in the far past partly to improve my vocabulary, even if their preposterous conservative pronouncements were delivered by the both of them with insufferable down the nose podsnappery.

They may have been mutual friends.

He's a baseball fan, most notably of the Chicago Cubs, a fandom from which he has never tergiversated.

Will's tactical mistake via a vis what the awful, sadistic, worldwide conservative movement, which will be wiped off the face of the Earth, has become, not that I held any of it in high esteem in its 60-year runway to its apotheosis in the p filth, was to step on to the ledge outside the Overton Window for a breath of air, only to find it moved far to the right and locked to his re-entrance by the likes of the lock and load, elitist-hating, types over at the American Conservative and elsewhere.

He looked down from his precarious perch and saw only the bloodthirsty right wing Madame Defarge's below cackling for him to stand athwart history and jump without a net.

So he did, thinking there might be more tax reductions in it for him.

Splat!

But ... Cubs won, Cubs won!


Rump's wall "plan," AFAICT, is the equivalent of a restaurant menu including only the text "MEAL - $50." It's like a business plan, associated with an application for a $250k bank loan, that simply reads "We're going to sell stuff."

What environmental impact studies have been done? What's the plan for land acquisition? What criteria will be used to determine what type of barrier (since that changes all time), if any, should be used where? What border-security experts has the administration consulted with?

Have they produced anything? Is this administration capable of producing anything of substance?

Part of me would like to see what would actually happen if Rump got his $5.7B of border-wall funding. What the hell would they even do with it? How screwed up would that effort turn out to be? How much bad press would they get over what I have to assume would be a chaotic failure in planning and execution?

What environmental impact studies have been done? What's the plan for land acquisition?

For the first, DHS asserts that the statute that allows them to waive all regulatory requirements for security-related construction -- and yes, such a law was part of the creation of DHS -- applies to a 2,000-mile-long wall that will break up endangered species habitat, worsen flooding, and probably violate multiple interstate and international water compacts. While it's fairly clear that Congress didn't mean construction on the scale of the wall, poor drafting gives DHS an arguable case.

For the second, eminent domain. The process has started in parts of Texas, where most of the private land they need to acquire is located.

Part of me would like to see what would actually happen if Rump got his $5.7B of border-wall funding. What the hell would they even do with it?

Surprisingly, there are actual details.

They have identified 200-some miles of border, mostly near high-traffic areas, all already with some form of barrier (fencing, vehicle barriers, etc) that would get something heavier and taller. The steel slat sketches that have been shown recently are close enough to other things that have been used that the estimates are probably pretty accurate.

Regarding

While it's fairly clear that Congress didn't mean construction on the scale of the wall, poor drafting gives DHS an arguable case.

and

For the second, eminent domain. The process has started in parts of Texas, where most of the private land they need to acquire is located.

I'm not referring to their legal authority so much as whether what they want to do is, to be very general about it, *a good idea.* That should count for something, one would think.

They have identified 200-some miles of border, mostly near high-traffic areas, all already with some form of barrier (fencing, vehicle barriers, etc) that would get something heavier and taller. The steel slat sketches that have been shown recently are close enough to other things that have been used that the estimates are probably pretty accurate.

On this, I stand corrected. Thanks.

How much will it cost to hire the Mexican military to blow up and tear down the wall?

I have much more of how precisely to take out the garbage n America but let's just call it ranty rant rant and more rant and you can use your imaginations.

I volunteer my stolen labor, out of fealty to p, to shove beautiful steel slats up Larry Kudlow's (open borders and free trade absolutist not to long ago) and Wilbur Ross's respective asses.

Any of the remaining conservatives lurking here want to let p rent your asses gratis for him to talk out of, because his chatty megaphone butthole is now fully engaged and he needs all the dupe help he can get.

The State of the Union?

Dissolved and liquidated.

Part of me would like to see what would actually happen if Rump got his $5.7B of border-wall funding. What the hell would they even do with it? How screwed up would that effort turn out to be?

Well, we can get an idea from this: he's barely spent 6% of the billion or so he got last year for "border security". So probably, if he got the $5 billion in the budget that he's demanding, he would spend a couple million on the wall. And a comparable amount (admittedly from a different budget) on rallies where he could get cheered for his "win". Because the win is, after all, what matters.

They have identified 200-some miles of border, mostly near high-traffic areas, all already with some form of barrier (fencing, vehicle barriers, etc) that would get something heavier and taller.

I say offer the replacement of 200 miles of existing fencing with steel slat and we all move on. If Trump wants to take a picture of himself in front of it to make his minions happy, fine with me.

But not until the shutdown is over.

In other news, Roger Stone has been arrested. There is joy in my own personal Mudville today.

These pro-Putin planted rumors were repeatedly cultivated right here at OBWI by conservatives during the campaign:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/25/1829428/-Did-Sick-Hillary-the-biggest-media-myth-of-the-2016-election-come-straight-from-Russia

Shouldn't we be screening IP addresses to eliminate foreign enemy infiltration from Russia, Eastern Europe and deep red states?

It's now Day 35. And, since it's Friday, we have a new Mueller indictment. This one includes witness tampering. Not a leak about witness tampering, but an actual honest-to-God indictment for it.

I note that the indictment also says that "a senior Trump campaign official" was directed to contact Stone regarding communications with WikiLeaks.

Now who could have "directed" a senior campaign official? Well maybe Kushner or Trump, Jr. Then again, maybe the guy who insisted, repeatedly, that he was the only one making decisions on campaign strategy and tactics....

I confess that I'm actually more concerned at the moment about the latest posturing over Venezuela. When things get dicey for them (and not just in the US), there is a tendency for those in charge to decide that what they need is to rally the populace with a "short, victorious war." And things are definitely getting dicey for Trump.

I'm hoping Venezuela's fascist government, which should be overthrown with savage violence by its own people, but not by American elite conservative fascists, takes the American diplomats still in country hostage (after all, this is what some of them signed up and volunteered for without pay, ain't it, those fucking union members) and we embark on a gigantic new, expensive Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!! investigation to learn how p ordered their killings to divert attention from his own personal treason and execution.

I also hope Putin ships nuclear weaponry to Venezuela and threatens to nuke all Americans wearing red hats visible from space in retaliation for any republican vermin intervention in that sovereign country.


I just listened to Rump's statement on the deal to reopen the government temporarily. He's so friggin' weird. I can't even describe it.

I can't even describe it.

Let Betty Cracker from BJ help you out: "squirrelly as fuck."

His paean (piss on) to every patriotic (traitorous socialist), devoted (parasitic, tax-thieving, long lunch break-taking , hardworking (layabout good for nothings) federal (the tree of liberty, etc.) employee (overpaid, healthcare-guzzling elitist affirmative action sluts, fags, niggers, and jewboys) for supporting his shut down of the U.S. government and his lockout from their professional duties without pay, and for eagerly sucking his cock, and Sarah Sanders' and Kellyanne Conway's cocks, this past month is almost as satisfyingly, incoherently Stalinist (republican, conservative) as when the other day he and that smug, stuffed mannequin of a root vegetable, Mike Pence, spit on Martin Luther King's grave with James Earle Ray standing next to them for two entirely white racist slave lynching cotton-picking minutes.

It's not just the bullsh*t he spews, which would be enough for several head-to-desk collisions even if one were only to read the transcript, but it's his faux-emotional, self-satisfied, breathy delivery.

But "squirrelly as f*ck" covers it pretty well, too.

It would have been more economaical if he had just said "Ok I am going to reopen the government and build the wall as a security emergancy. But I'm going to wait three weeks to declare it. Thanks."

Economical or egomaniacal, not sure what I was trying to type.

economaical ...

Economical or egomaniacal, not sure what I was trying to type.

Entirely understandable, but Ii liked it anyway.

Rhymes with covfefe.

And spot my (cough, deliberate) typo...

Other "e" words that might apply:

Ephemeromorphic
Energunum
Encephaloid
Engastriomyth
Ecardinate
Erinaceous
Endophagy
Evirate
Eyewash
Exactor
Self-Exenterate
Exgorgitation
Ebriection
Emunctory
Emptysis
Embrangle
Embracery
Emarcid
Eloge
Elinguate
Elumbated
Entheomania
Emonomancy
Enoptromancy
Enthymeme
Enuresis
Ephemeron
Eozoic
Entozoology

Excrementitial

In a replayed snippet I just heard, the president promised to make sure federal employees would receive their back pay, and I quote, "very quickly ... or as soon as possible."

You know, one or the other. Whatever, right?

What oratory.

My son's girlfriend works at one of the national labs, and her group does work under agreements for a number of other government agencies. From prior shutdowns, I know they get paid for the time missed. I'll have to remember to ask how the "pay for no work done" pain gets allocated across those other agencies. Or if there's a magical "overhead slush fund" that Congress creates to cover it.

Though it seems that they usually were paid, there seems to be some uncertainty, up until now, as to whether federal workers were legally guaranteed back pay after shutdowns (I believe there have been lawsuits over the issue in the past).

On this occasion Congressed passed a bill to deal with the matter:
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/424919-congress-approves-back-pay-for-federal-workers-affected-by-shutdown

He had an onion on his belt. It was the style at the time.

All hail Nancy Pelosi. I'd love to have a word with the Seth Moulton contingent right about now. Give 'em hell, russell!

Yes indeed, the Roger Stone indictment and the Trump climbdown in one 12 hour period - let's enjoy the good news (bonus: Ann Coulter calls Trump a wimp!) while we can. I think the dip in Trump's approval polling had a pretty significant effect on him...long may it continue!

long may it continue!

Seconded!

I think it might be desirable, however, if he got a brief (temporary!) uptick. Just so it's clear that him caving in did not, contra Coulter, Limbaugh, et al., cost him popularity.

Because, after all, it would be good for the country if he wasn't being scared by them into doing stuff even more stupid than he comes up with on his own.

Hmm, there may be something to what you say, grasshopper. How annoying.

"Because, after all, it would be good for the country if he wasn't being scared by them into doing stuff even more stupid than he comes up with on his own."

We ain't see nothing yet.

He's, and they are, just getting started.

The depths of stupid, and malign, have barely been plumbed by the maliciously viral conservative movement.

Michael Lewis, in "The Fifth Risk" surveys the malignancy, now momentarily, perhaps for a day, in remission, until tomorrow morning's next tweet storm and the next dumpsters-full of dog shit the right wing wurlitzer flings against their synchronized propaganda fake news fans.

Lewis speculates, I would say prophesizes, in a subsequent interview, that the next catastrophic con, the fifth risk, is the breaching of the debt ceiling, which p has been training all his misbegotten thieving, loutish, deadbeat life to reneg on and stop payment.

He's a liquidation agent, hired by conservative grocery clerks to assassinate the U.S. government and its financial credibility.

He learned everything there is to know about the nuclear arsenal in 90 minutes, he lied. He learned only one thing, in the first minute ... that there is no reason it can't be used and there is no one who can prevent him from using it.

The Presidency, because of the vacancy, the blind spot, our overrated Founders left in the Constitution is now a protective lair, a hiding place in plain site in which this dragon can find refuge from the Rule of Law and all prosecution.

He has created a Supreme Court that will agree with him, citing the bullshit of original intention by our founding stepfathers of unintentionality.

He is betting that the Office of the Presidency makes him foolproof against criminal prosecution, and he will seek to be President and use all of its unlimited, ill-defined powers until his natural or unnatural death to do just that.

He's stupid like Tony Soprano was insecure, like poisonous snakes are fanged and coiled. Stupid enough to know that the garbage business is a right-out-in-the-open great place to hide the money and the bodies.

It would be desirable for the deranged and hateful bile of Coulter, Limbaugh, et al to not have an audience.

It would be desirable for the POTUS to not be susceptible to being goaded into rash and harmful actions by the abusive rantings of belligerent loudmouths.

It would be desirable for the POTUS to not have to be handled like a petulant child.

Those are the things I would find desirable.

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-roger-stone-ready-for-his-closeup-20190125-story.html

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/super-rich-early-amazon-investor-191300929.html

It would be desirable for the POTUS to not have to be handled like a petulant child.

Easily done. Simply don't elect a petulant child.

Of course, that would require an electorate made up with fewer petulant children. Unfortunately, it ain't there, and they elected one of their own.

Vast caravans, I say caravans, of rotten-toothed, bad-breathed, priced out of the dental market, with no gummint dental safety net Americans, pushing baby carriages full of terrorist non-flossing, sugar-addicted children with typically bad American underbites, overbites, and gingivitis are invading Mexico.

Doesn't Mexico have an ICE equivalent raiding dentist offices and yanking drooling parasite puti, pulling the drool sucker mid-extraction out of their mouths and unsmocking them, out of the chairs and putting them in cages for quick deportation?

Will the Wall (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvCSyNUGIMk), what wall? did I say wall? have little drive-up trapdoors in it so Americanos can pass their dentures back and forth for repair?

https://truthout.org/articles/millions-of-americans-flood-into-mexico-for-health-care/

Less than 24 hours after Laguardia airport starts to shut down, leading into Superbowl weekend, and the Federal shutdown is OVER.

Pay attention. It tells you who *really* needs to be a hostage to get stuff done, and it's not your average Federal employee or SNAP peon.

So, now that the dust is settling, what actually came out of this fiasco (not that I'm being judgemental)? And what do we expect the impact to be going forward? Both short term (i.e. when Feb 15 rolls around with no wall), the medium term (i.e. through the rest of this year), and the long term (i.e. come 2020 and elections)?

I'd say that they will be about what you would expect when a paper tiger is shown up for what it is. The only uncertainty is in whether the Republicans in the Senate have managed to notice.

No dust has settled.

It wasn't dust in the first place. It's the colossal cloud of horseshit visible from space kicked up by the lying, anti-American, traitorous Republican Party over the past 40 years and counting.

All of it, everyone of these dogs right down to the janitor at the RNC.

See here:

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/there-is-no-limit-to-bad-faith-of-house.html

Same shit as Wisconsin, South Carolina, and every other state invested by these vermin.

Is we can't have governance, we WILL have savage violence.

Only a city boy would think there's a difference between a cloud of dust and a cloud of horseshit. What do you think dirt (dust) is made of?

Metaphor, my dear Whopper.

I've mucked out my share of dairy barns, and I'm full of it as well, so I'm conversant with the nature of ordure.

But, yes, air quality is suffering.

To (t)wit:

https://www.balloon-juice.com/2019/01/27/area-zombie-vows-to-die-on-same-fucking-hills-forever/

When you're a con man, your MO requires a steady stream of new folks to con. Folks who have never heard about you, beyond maybe your name. But when you're President, there are no new people to con any more. And the old marks gradually realize that they've been taken.

Sure, some of them are as incapable of admitting that to themselves as you are of changing your MO**. But your enterprise is in a death spiral nonetheless. The only question is how many get taken down with him.

** And at 70+, someone who is allergic to learning anything isn't going to change his spots.

The corporate fascist worldwide conservative movement gets a headstart on deregulation under Brazil's new Other-hating p-admiring Bolsonaro.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/after-mining-dam-collapse-in-brazil-kills-at-least-40-fear-of-another-disaster

Like a Daggy Taggert orgasm, polluted ponds full of mine tailings start to relax and give way at the mere anticipation of gummint deregulation and halted enforcement.

Ohh, yes, yes ......... Ahhhhhh..... free at last.

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/01/the-southern-border-is-a-huge-money-pit/

Nevertheless, not one particle of dust/horseshit will be permitted to settle:

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/would-trump-shutdown-govt-again-chief-of-staff-says-um-yeah

Mulvaney, bought and paid for corrupt scum, courtesy of the elite and exorbitantly high-interest payday loan industry that owns his republican ass, while they rip off his constituents whom he refuses to grant minimum wage increases.

Well of course Trump would shut down the government again. He has already demonstrated (repeatedly!) that he is incapable of learning. So why would he do so this time?

Although there is the possibility that the Republicans in the Senate, at least some of them, are capable of learning. So they may prevent him from doing so. How irritating for him....

Ah, but will Congress let it shut down? I'd really like to have listened in to some of the phone calls between red-state governors and their Congress critters this past week. I have to believe that soon after the Senate votes this past Thursday, McConnell had to have told Trump "I don't have the votes to filibuster, and probably not to sustain a veto."

I'd really like to have listened in to some of the phone calls between red-state governors and their Congress critters this past week

Certainly the accounts of the Republican Senators' lunch on Thursday suggest that they were ready to lash out at both Trump and McConnell.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/426922-gop-senator-reportedly-slams-mcconnell-over-shutdown-this-is-your-fault

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/technology/iphones-apple-china-made.html

Right wing Libertarians, conservatives, and Tom Delay in Texas are too liberal for real capitalists.

Once Texas gets rid of its socialist levels of the uninsured (only roughly 25%; let's get that number up), abolishes unemployment insurance, and vanquishes unions, OSHA and child labor laws altogether, maybe it will be competitive with China.

Not enough of the right kind of screws, and screwing, in Texas yet.

Get to work Governor Abbott, you socialist milquetoast.

"Once Texas gets rid of its socialist levels of the uninsured (only roughly 25%; let's get that number up), abolishes unemployment insurance, and vanquishes unions, OSHA and child labor laws altogether, maybe it will be competitive with China."

Well, that's ONE way to convince Mexico to 'build the wall': to keep out desperate Texans.

Yup, things are cheaper in 3rd world countries. But here's the thing. If we want to be a proper 3rd world country, like say Mexico, we need to seriously upgrade our health care system.

There's a reason, after all, that so many Americans, even those with health insurance, go to Mexico and pay out-of-pocket for medical care.

Well, that's ONE way to convince Mexico to 'build the wall': to keep out desperate Texans.

Or Texas should build a wall to keep out desperate New Yorkers, Californians, etc.

Voila, Debt Ceiling:

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/great-plan-graham-wants-trump-to-hold.html

Hey, if everybody is painfully aware of how badly the shutdown burned them, you gotta come up with a different club to beat them with.

Wow.

‘Taxing me is un-American’...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/howard-schultz-calls-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-a-bit-misinformed-when-it-comes-to-taxing-the-wealthy/2019/01/29/b00db19e-23c5-11e9-90cd-dedb0c92dc17_story.html

What this country needs is a good six dollar caramel brulee latte.

Some would say, it's hard to tell whether it's a conservative or a Russian troll farm, they talk so much alike, that Schultz's family growing up in federally-subsidized Brooklyn housing projects was un-American.

Not me. But, maybe the three young women sharing an apartment next to me would say it who work at the Starbucks down on the corner, who when Starbucks increased their hourly wage, also took away their tip jar for good measure as their, and my, rents rise inexorably despite plenty of new luxury rental space going up all around us.

wj, I don't care to use a different club on those who are members of a club that need clubbing.

Ah, but John it's not you using the club. It's Trump. (Call it shooting himself, and themselves, in the foot if you wish.)

Yes.

But they never run out of feet to shoot, and America's foot fetishists never stop shodding them.

It's the technological marvel of a one-size-fits-all gun rest for attachment to the knee. Any knee.

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