Schumer Offers GOP a Deal

Posted by Keeley on April 26, 2017 at 7:23 PM

What a deal. Democrats have offered to let Congress spend about $15 billion more on defense in exchange for keeping Obamacare's Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSR's) in place. Thank you Chuck Schumer. How can we not be grateful? The CSR's were placed on the table by the White House as a bargaining chip to force Democrats to agree to a budget deal. So this has worked out well hasn't it?

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What Happens When Deep States Go to War?

Posted by Keeley on April 21, 2017 at 8:23 PM

What happens when the deep states go to war with each other, and don't tell the rest of us? __ Wow. What a blurb on a book jacket! Or in a preview trailer of the film, or a series. Warring Deep States. Lousy title it's true. The Crypto's? Nope. Leave that to the script writers who undoubtedly are working on something of the sort. Unfortunately, the above phrase is a real world quote, from Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer at IBM Resilient. And yes it's about Russia and America. And China and who knows who else? UK? France? Australia? North Korea anyone?

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North Korea: the Aircraft Carrier Strike Crew That Went the Other Way

Posted by Keeley on April 19, 2017 at 2:40 PM

The Hill has an article on how the Doomsday Clock is 2.5 minutes to midnight, in part due to President Trump's comments on how he might deal with any possible North Korean threats. But before the article in The Hill mentions John Wolfsthal - who belongs to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board; the group which manages the Doomsday Clock - they bring up key evidence of how Nuclear Anxiety in big capital letters is coursing through America's veins:

A few SNL skits.

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Will the DOJ Hand Back Political Fugitives to China?

Posted by Keeley on April 13, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Justice Department spokesman Mark Abueg has a tough job on his hands. He has to announce to the media and thus the world at large that American policy towards Chinese fugitives will be different under the Trump administration. Taking into account that the word "fugitive" is at best a relative term in Communist China.

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A History and Chem Lesson for Sean Spicer

Posted by Keeley on April 11, 2017 at 7:32 PM

Did you know that hydrogen cyanide was first used as a pesticide in California in the 1880's? Yes, that's you Sean Spicer. To bring you up to speed on hydrogen cyanide and it's relationship to genocide in the mid-20th century, in places like Auschwitz. Yes, they - the Nazis - used hydrogen cyanide based products. Specifically Zyklon-B, invented in Germany as a pesticide, in the early 1920's when Hitler was in the nascent phases of his mad political journey.

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Was the Cruise Missle Attack on Syria an Act of War?

Posted by Keeley on April 7, 2017 at 12:40 PM

I am crushing your little elegantly shaven head John T. Bennett. Squeezing your cerebrum between my forefinger and thumb. Crushing you Mr. Roll Call! Mr. oh-so-agile journalist!


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Forget the Nunes Circus - FBI Deputy Director McCabe Is More Important

Posted by Keeley on March 31, 2017 at 12:46 PM

It would be nice not to write about Devin Nunes, for at least day or two. Maybe up to a week. It's not as if he's G. Gordon Liddy or Erlichman or John Dean and it's 1973 (yes Watergate happened in 1972 but became daily news much later). By the way, did you know they successfully entered and bugged the DNC in May, but then had to come back in June of 72 to repair the listening devices? Sorry.

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The Fourth Rail of American Politics

Posted by Keeley on March 27, 2017 at 8:14 PM

It's very hard - perhaps impossible as we're all finding out - to take away an entitlement after Congress has brought it into existence. Any large entitlement program is a complex beast by necessity. How else can the government decide winners and losers without having a thick book of rules and regulations to accompany their taxpayer funded largesse? That makes unwinding any large entitlement program all the tougher. Especially if you try to clear up who wins (gets the entitlement) and who loses (pays higher taxes or fees or is shutout from tax breaks etc.).

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Director Comey Keeps Us All in a Fog

Posted by Keeley on March 21, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Ok, we have a troubling cloud, a poisoned fog, enveloping the White House, according to the latest media narrative. And not just the media. GOP Representative Nunes used the cloud analogy, and not even in an "as if there were" sense, but rather directly. And this isn't really about Trump's tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping, which has likely become - to use Charles Krauthammer's phrase - farce.

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If R&R Fails, Who Gets the Bloodbath?

Posted by Keeley on March 16, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Imagine if Detroit (or Chattanooga, TN, or Tuscaloosa County in Alabama) ran their production lines the way Congress runs it's legislative process.

I know you ordered an SUV ma'am, but the production parliamentarian has ruled that your chassis is extraneous and out of order. So the production and finance committees have put together a nice little off-road dune buggy for you and your grandkids! And it gets great mileage! For a dune buggy, that is. You live in Wyoming? Sorry ...

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CBO Numbers Depend on What You Believe Health Insurance Should Be

Posted by Keeley on March 14, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Let's stop calling it health insurance, shall we? Insurance is coverage you buy to guard against the possibility of an adverse outcome. Like damage to your car. Or your house. Or your 1972 Telecaster Thinline autographed by Waylon Jennings himself, being stolen from your weekend band's van, outside Domino's, in the parking lot on the way back home. Did I say it was snowing?

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For Muslim Activists, No Executive Order Is Appropriate

Posted by Keeley on March 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM

You are not allowed: to classify, to analyze, to assess, or to regulate. Anything that might have to do with majority-Muslim nations.

That's essentially the position of activists who are already attacking President Trump's new executive order, one that is an even more reasonable and constitutional order than it's very reasonable - and constitutional - predecessor was. Don't be fooled they´re already shouting. It deals with majority-Muslim nations and creates tropes and false narratives. As if a presidential order concerned with the security of the nation against terror attacks is, in fact, a post-modern literary text, sadly lacking in politically correct nuances and appropriate guilt laden apologies.

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Jeff Sessions and the New McCarthyism

Posted by Keeley on March 2, 2017 at 6:17 PM

How do you counter a truly impressive address to Congress by President Trump? You purge the government. Like Stalin did.

But here's the thing. Purges usually are done by authoritarian governments - most of them outright tyrannies - in a ruthless house cleaning. Sometimes to merely produce terror in your citizenry. Like Stalin. Or Mao. Sometimes to quell a possible coup d'etat. Like during the rule of military governments in much of Latin America in the 70's.

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It's the Tom and Keith Show at the DNC

Posted by Keeley on February 27, 2017 at 7:19 PM

When will Bernie supporters - whose proxy, Keith Ellison, lost a close one in Atlanta for Chair of the DNC - ever learn? You wait for Barack to decide. Barack phones up his friends on Wall Street. They tell him Keith Ellison is a far left anit-Semite rabble rousing Nation Of Islam follower. No, not Keith. How about Tom Perez? He's a far left rabble rousing progressive who would turn America into a quasi Scandinavian socialist state. How could Bernie supporters not like Tom? Plus he's also got a trim goatee. And Barack likes Tom.

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Obama's Shadow DNC Infuriates Democrats

Posted by Keeley on February 17, 2017 at 5:24 PM

While one of the toughest dudes on the planet says: gracias no hombre, I'll pass on being National Security adviser, there's a long-brewing story playing out in states across the country. And it may be coming to a boil soon.

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