Opinion: Time to check out

Next week ought to be fascinating.

Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort are scheduled to testify publicly before Congress. Jared Kushner is scheduled to testify privately. The Senate is supposed to finally have a vote on a straight repeal of Obamacare, without a replacement plan in mind or sight. The president will continue to tweet, and continue to pursue his long-distance bromance with Vladimir Putin.

The polls will continue to fall. The pressure will continue to grow. And me? I will be totally, gloriously ignorant of it all. Off the grid, out of reach, concerned only with the next fish I catch or the next rapid to negotiate.

But pay attention, so you can fill me in later on what I missed.

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HDB0329
HDB0329

Jay's back!! Sheetz.....

gotalife
gotalife

kush family business subpoenaed.


Lock them up.

Andy158
Andy158

Since the Post is printing the call transcript I tend to think it's legit. 

That being said, there is a cadre in the WH that thinks Trump is what, dangerous and is out to marginalize him? All I know is, last time there was a leak like this Noah built hisself a boat.


Thomas Wilford Brimley Jefferson

gotalife
gotalife

I told Jay to take the month off.


We got this.

rimsky
rimsky

21446

May crack 22 K today.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@rimsky

Maybe Jay is having a competition with President Lyingscumbag for Longest 2017 Summer Vay-Cay?

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

Wait, who leaked the phone call records? I thought Rinsed Penis was gone??

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@Finn-McCool

Seems as if Obama is still leading the Deep State from exile.  Man, is he one talented black guy or what?!?!?!?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Christians are much more likely than non-Christians to view poverty as the result of individual failings, especially white evangelical Christians.  ///smdh

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Seem like the author used some posters here as references

Paul42
Paul42

@PaulinNH Key takeaways from the link:

"The gulf widens further among specific Christian groups: 53 percent of white evangelical Protestants blamed lack of effort while 41 percent blamed circumstances, and 50 percent of Catholics blamed lack of effort while 45 percent blamed circumstances. In contrast, by more than 2 to 1, Americans who are atheist, agnostic or have no particular affiliation said difficult circumstances are more to blame when a person is poor than lack of effort (65 percent to 31 percent).

The question is, of course, not just an ethical one but a political one, and the partisan divide is sharp: Among Democrats, 26 percent blamed a lack of effort and 72 percent blamed circumstances. Among Republicans, 63 percent blamed lack of effort and 32 percent blamed circumstances."

HDB0329
HDB0329

....Orange is lauding an idea for the VA...Telehealth....


...problem is...BCBS has been doing that at my office for years....shows you how late he is to the party.....

justaniceguy
justaniceguy

@HDB0329 It's fairly useless here in GA, except for emergencies.

They can only give a scrip for 3 days, so if you need a 10 day course of antibiotics for a toddler who has an ear infection, you still need to go to the regular Dr.

And they can't prescribe anything narcotic.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany @HDB0329  They do provide an online medical advice line, sweetie. I believe it is called MDlive.  

There's an app for that.

rimsky
rimsky

@McGarnagle Yesterday  McMasters ousted one of Flynn's guy from NSC.  Good god these guys have no idea what they doing.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@rimsky @McGarnagle


Yep. The person fired was also a Trump loyalist. Seems Trump wants McMaster to fix Afghanistan. Good luck.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@McGarnagle  McMaster probably welcomes being shipped to Afghanistan rather than staying in the WW - safer environment with less crazy, less dogmatic factions

rimsky
rimsky

Just heard this on FOX while talking with my con buddy.


Trump's -ve ratings have gone up among college educated

Trump's -ve ratings have gone up among older white folks (I was surprised by that bit of news).

Paul42
Paul42

@rimsky Maybe because they've discerned he's all talk and very little action?

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

WTF?

"President Donald Trump will embark on a 17-day vacation to his private golf club in New Jersey on Friday."

He's already on record as spending 20% of his time in office on the golf course.

rimsky
rimsky

@Finn-McCool Out of 28 weeks in office he spent 11 weekends in his vacation resorts.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Finn-McCool  Remember when he said if he were in the WH he would not have time to golf...... and remember how the RWers swallowed that.  LOL

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

I was away and missed this, and it's too good not to share for others who might've missed it as well. 


I do not think Trump cares what the media thinks since he reaches more people with a Tweet than they do combined. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Others have already pointed out that of Trump's alleged 35 million followers, about half are fake/bots.

But here's another stat nobody mentioned--there are but 67 million Americans on Twitter in the first place.

I'm pretty sure more Americans than that own a teevee and/or some kind of Interwebs device that picks up some sort of news media product.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

@HDB0329 What an idiot. Think back to the dumbest kid in school. He is now the President!

HDB0329
HDB0329

Trump admits he punked his supporters on Mexico paying for the wall


The Post's Greg Miller has obtained transcripts of President Trump's calls with the heads of Mexico and Australia during his first days in office, and they are both doozies.


One big takeaway is that Trump seems to acknowledge exactly what his pledge to make Mexico pay for the border wall was — a hollow promise meant to rile up the base.


At one point in his call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump even acknowledges that the wall is “the least important thing we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important.”


You hear that, Trump supporters? That applause line that Trump used with such gusto for basically his entire campaign — “Build that wall,” and “Who's going to pay for it? (Crowd response: MEXICO!)"? It was all vote-bait, red meat for voters who didn't know that it was completely impractical and would never happen. And within his first days in office — this call took place on Jan. 27, a week after Trump's inauguration — Trump was already throwing in the towel on it on a call with the Mexican president.


Trump was instead hoping people could be made to forget this “least important” issue and wouldn't punish him politically for it


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/03/trump-admits-he-punked-his-supporters-on-mexico-paying-for-the-wall/?utm_term=.8273eaf27705&tid=a_inl

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@HDB0329

What are we down to in terms of still-unprovable lies he told his base in 2016? Is there anything left?