Okay, it’s official. At 18,000£ this is beyond my budget, but it will be so nice to see it in flight tomorrow. That’s $23773.99 at today’s exchange rate. I can go the 99¢, the rest of it not so much.
So lovely to hear The Angry Man Baby say he wants to meet with former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson. Precisely what Prime Minister May doesn’t need at the present time as she works to rebuild her rather fragile coalition in the wake of the Brexit debacle. But, what does AMBaby know of this, he’s not even familiar with the term “hard Brexit.” Click on that link and a British newspaper will explain it for you.
Now, there IS some news ringing pleasantly in my ears –> Jacky Rosen is outpacing Dean (I have more positions on more issues than the Kamasutra) Heller. This, I could learn to like very much. Democrats also appear to be doing rather well in the voter registration department, at least according to reports from early this month.
I have an idea! If the Angry Man Baby wants to see all of Agent Peter Strzok’s non-work related messages to his lover, then let’s swap — Strzok hands over the mushy gushy and Trump hands over his tax returns for the last 20 years? Fair enough?
Check out the photo on the left — the Obama state visit to the UK — and compare that to the BBC’s version of Trump’s “working visit” to the Isle this week. First off, notice the ties the gentlemen are wearing. Obama = white tie event in Buckingham Palace. Trump = black tie event at Blenheim. Obama = Queen Elizabeth II herself is in charge of the events, formal and informal, and there were informal social meetings. Trump = being hosted by QEII’s youngest son Edward, Earl of Wessex, at a Palace — just not one anywhere all that close to London. Trump =definitely not at Buckingham Palace for a meeting with QEII, he only gets one quick introduction in Windsor. Wagers his reception from what interested public there might be won’t look anything like the “Harry-Meghan” wedding thing? Somewhere some British bookie is making odds…
Meanwhile, on a sadder note. CBS reports that “under 3,000” migrant children have NOT been reunited with their parents. The Misadministration is trying to parse the term “eligible” children such that children of parents who have already been deported aren’t eligible, and thus “don’t count.” I still can’t stomach the comment from Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar that the Misadministration is performing great acts of “generosity and charity” by reuniting families. 48 hours after the comment and I still can’t swallow it. There is still obviously NO plan. No coordination. Cruelty begets incompetence. It’s time for the cruelty to end. it should never have started.
February 15, 2018 Adam Paul Laxalt blames Michael Bloomberg (a convenient target) for his reluctance to enforce Q1 (gun sale background checks) and tells us “Asked if he would support banning bump stocks, Laxalt said he joined a bipartisan group of attorney generals in asking the federal government to review how it regulates them. “My guess is you will see these things regulated at the federal level,” he said.” [LVRJ] No mud (blood) on me. Another way to read this is to infer Laxalt will do nothing on bump stocks, but will wait to see if the Trump/NRA administration will allow some form of regulation at the Federal level.
February 21, 2018 (17 children and adults are now dead in Parkland, Florida) Adam Paul Laxalt, formerly a scheduled speaker at the NRA Annual Leadership Forum, is “erased” from the program.
“Laxalt, also a Republican candidate for governor, appeared on the event’s website this week as a scheduled speaker for the May 4 NRA Annual Leadership Forum — which touts itself as a “must-stop for candidates seeking the highest levels of elected office” — along with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, political commentator Tomi Lahren and Chris Cox, the NRA’s top lobbyist.” By Wednesday, Laxlat’s name and photo were no longer on the event’s site. Scott’s name and photo are also gone.” [LVRJ] (emphasis in original)
February 22, 2018, but but but wait wait wait…a Laxalt aide says the gubernatorial candidate never “committed” to the NRA Forum. “Laxalt campaign spokesman Andy Matthews said Thursday that Laxalt hadn’t responded to confirm an invitation to the NRA Annual Leadership Forum in Dallas before his name was removed from a headliners’ list.” [RGJ] But he didn’t have any problems with his name on the conference schedule previously?
February 23, 2018, protesters gathered in Las Vegas, ahead of a court hearing on Question 1. Governor Sandoval says Nevada voters made their wishes clear — they want Universal Background Checks. It wasn’t quite so clear to him in 2013 when he vetoed a bill to that effect.
Stay tuned as Adam Paul Laxalt twists and turns trying to remain a viable candidate opposing a popular concept — Universal Background Checks — while perhaps hoping the “issue” will subside as has happened after other gunfire atrocities? Is he hoping to jump on board with the Trumpian idiocy calling for arming teachers? Is he hoping the Congress will do some tiny thing sufficient for him to espouse a minute bit of progress? It’s only February, and Laxalt doesn’t know what his schedule will be in May, by then he may have embarrassed himself out of the race?
Here we have Senator Dean Heller’s comments on access to health care insurance in Nevada — and some translation.
“I welcome Centene’s announcement that it will offer plans on the Nevada exchange, providing Nevadans with additional health care options so that no county in our state is bare. I was proud to work with Governor Sandoval to make sure that people living in all of Nevada’s 17 counties have the option to purchase coverage on the exchange next year,” said Senator Dean Heller. “Nevadans have been left with dwindling choices when it comes to their health care coverage, and it’s more evidence that Obamacare is failing. That’s why I continue to work for health care solutions – like the Graham-Cassidy-Heller plan – that return power to the states, protect Nevada’s most vulnerable, and repeal Obamacare’s onerous mandates that continue to squeeze hardworking Nevadans who can least afford it.”
Huh? Working with Governor Sandoval to make sure people can purchase health insurance plans in the individual market certainly wasn’t in evidence when Senator Heller voted in favor of the last Senate version of the risible ‘repeal and replace with nothing’ bill.
And, no, the ‘dwindling choices” aren’t the product of failing ACA provisions — the choices are dwindling because insurance corporations are facing unpredictable (anathema to insurance) situations created by the President’s threat to cut the cost sharing provisions, which Senator Heller persists in inferring are “insurance company bailouts.”
And, there’s that Graham-Cassidy amendment to which Senator Heller amended himself, which turns Medicaid into a block grant program with an altered formula and which cuts lower income family’s access to affordable insurance plans in the individual market. That, to put it mildly, isn’t a solution.
And so it goes…into the 2018 election.
The Senate investigators of Trumpster ties to the Putin regime have called for the retention of all relevant documents and communications. However, the body count of Russians associated with the dossier, and diplomacy with the US, seems to be escalating, beginning with the January death of Oleg Erovinkin. Perhaps we should be investigating before too many more Russian officials bite the dust?
How about a bit more emphasis on fighting anti-Semitism? It’s also hitting too close to home:
“A student says to another, “We need to send you to the oven so you can be with your people,” a man engraves a swastika onto a marble column in front of a synagogue and trespassing teenagers yell anti-Semitic epithets at children at a Hebrew academy.
Those are some of the many anti-Semitic incidents recently reported in the Las Vegas Valley, part of an uptick in cases logged across the country in the past year, said Jolie Brislin, Nevada regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. The rhetoric and threats have intensified in the past months, she added.”
While the President may be appalled at these incidents, and has recently spoken about the problem, this doesn’t negate the fact that some of his core supporters feel that his elevation excuses their anti-social, biased, and belligerent behavior. They’ve taken his “tell it like it is” and “no more political correctness” approach to mean they have license to spew hate and act out their white nationalist-supremacist feelings. Perhaps we should be investigating the rise of domestic hate groups? Oh, wait, the Justice Department will now be focusing on radical Islamicist foreign inspired terrorists…
And the Mexicans will pay for it…only in this instance it’s the administration policy to deport undocumented non-Mexican immigrants and asylum seekers to Mexico. [The Hill] “Elements still need to be worked out in detail…” and how, pray tell, are we supposed to work out these details when the administration is busy demonizing Mexicans and their government?
On February 1, 2017 Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV2) cast two ill considered votes. He voted Yes on HJ Res 41, to eliminate the requirement that oil and energy companies report their payments to foreign governments. Think about this for a second, while African and other nations around the world are trying to root out corruption, the US House has approved allowing these corporations to hide their payments to foreign governments. (Vote 73)
Also on February 1, 2017, Representative Amodei voted to scrap a rule preventing the pollution of streams by coal extraction companies. HJ Res 38, vote 71. Thus much for concern about clean drinking water in these regions, about polluted streams’ impact on wildlife, and the effect of pollution on recreational use (hunting and fishing) and tourist attraction.
Representatives Kihuen, Titus, Rosen, voted against these two pieces of Republican legislation.
Representative Joe Heck (R-NV3) candidate for the Nevada Senate seat in this election reveres the secret ballot, and tells constituents it’s nobody’s business who he’ll vote for in the upcoming presidential election. [RGJ] While this is an honorable position, it doesn’t answer a crucial question. Is Heck supporting Donald J. Trump?
One of the problems for down ballot candidates who are associated with a presidential contender who has insulted 282 people, places, and things during this season, is how to finesse the prospects. There are several ways and Heck’s about to try them all.
“I will vote for the candidate of my party.” OK, however the fact that you can’t say the name out loud indicates a level of discomfort not usually a function of the normal campaign process.
“I will endorse but I will not support…” And what on Earth might this mean? Let’s guess it means I begrudgingly offer my official endorsement for my party’s candidate but don’t expect me to defend or explain the candidate’s campaign messages, and for Heaven’s Sake don’t put me on the same stage with him.
“I endorse my party’s candidate fully…” Until he or she does something so egregious I can’t stomach it and the poll numbers are cratering?
“I cannot endorse my party’s candidate…” Usually announced after the top of the ticket does something egregious and the poll numbers have cratered.
“I won’t tell you who I’m voting for and you can’t find out.” True. No one will ever know, and you can pray heartily that the candidate never finds out how you voted unless you voted for him, and the candidate’s fervent supporters will never find out you didn’t vote for him, or the candidate’s detractors in your own party never find out either way. Good luck with that, because when you finally announce how you cast your ballot no one is going to believe you.
And why should they? – you’ve been as ‘transparent’ as Donald Trump’s tax returns.