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February 25, 2016

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Jack is Back! (Barely)

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Comanche Voter

A delicious thought; McConnell and Obozo cut a deal--indict Hillary on say September 1st; nominate Loretta Lynch on September 15, hold hearings on her until past the November election--and then McConnell welshes on the deal when the nomination gets to the Senate floor. Leaving Obozo with egg on his face and Hillary in jail. Does McConnell have the stones to do that? I doubt it. But it is a pleasant dream.

OTOH even if McConnell cut the deal, his Republican Senators might rebel, and McConnell could not deliver. Certainly he could not deliver the votes until after the Senators are safely re-elected.

-peter

MCConnell stones ?

henry

turtles lay eggs.

ThirdMan

Sanders is by far a stronger candidate than Clinton, crushes everyone on the field in favorability, beats or ties all Reps in early head to head polling, and his ads show potential marketing genius.

You want the GOP to run against Hillary, not Bernie. It's remotely possible that Trump could beat Hillary (though what difference, at this point, does it make). He has no chance against Bernie.

GMan

ThirdMan

That's what I've been saying for a while. Bernie is far, far more popular than Hillary. He'd be far more difficult to beat.

ThirdMan

GMan, only Moreno could beat him. Trump's running as a populist, and the socialist can always give away more free stuff. And he's a gross bloated 70 year old man who looks as ridiculous as the gross wizened 74 year old man. Moreno just has to stand there and look earnest.

DebinNC

Reposting anonamon's 5:38 a.m. so it won't be missed. She links to, unless I misunderstood her, her husband's blog entry describing what "narrative" is and how Trump has mastered the art and others haven't. Here's a taste:

You hear it in Trump’s speeches and debate performances — very tight narrative loops of problem-solution. “Jeb’s a great guy, but he’s weak (PROBLEM), therefore he needs to go home (SOLUTION).” “We love our Mexican friends, but too many are illegal (PROBLEM), therefore we need to build a wall (SOLUTION).” “Muslims are mostly okay, but some are terrorists (PROBLEM), therefore we need to stop their entry (SOLUTION).” “Our country used to be great, but now it’s slipped in the world (PROBLEM), therefore we need to Make America Great Again (SOLUTION). ... (just making sure I closed italics).

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Interesting conversation you're having with yourself there dude.
Kinda insane, but interesting.

Miss Jane Marple

http://www.steynonline.com/7479/nitwits-of-the-round-table

Miss Jane Marple

Richard Grenell was on Fox about half an hour ago and said that Trump is already running as a general election candidate, and he is surprised so many have missed this.

ThirdMan

Interesting strategy Rubio has of not attacking Trump. Reminds me of when the French attacked the British in May 1940 to clear out room to maneuver against the Germans.

jimmyk

Maybe this was what Romney meant about a blockbuster on Trump's income taxes?

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/702894623761498112

jimmyk

“Our country used to be great, but now it’s slipped in the world (PROBLEM), therefore we need to Make America Great Again (SOLUTION)."

Not sure I'd concede that last one qualifies as a "solution," but point taken about Trump's style.

Miss Jane Marple

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 28m28 minutes ago

I'm going to do what @MittRomney was totally unable to do- WIN!

MarkO

TM must be skiing in Colorado.

glasater

CNBC is having quite the coverage of Apple & Tim Cook vs Comey (gov) right now.

DebinNC

Trump: I'm going to do what @MittRomney was totally unable to do- WIN!

Problem: Rs keep picking losers like Romney
Solution: Pick a winner like me!

Jeff Dobbs

Deb:
unless I misunderstood her, her husband's blog entry describing

Believe her husband found a blog entry that he passed along to her that she passed along to us.

Miss Jane Marple

DebinNC,

I think that you are right; it follows the narrative. Ha!

By the way, Geraldo on Outnumbered said he discussed the Forbes article with Eric Trump and the Trumps think the article low-balled the value of their real estate holdings, and that total value should be closer to $10 billion rather than $4 billion.

I don't know anything about this, just passing on information.

I would be very surprised if Trump's tax returns showed any real problems. He has no doubt had a target on him by the IRS for years. I also think no one would be surprised if he is rich.

We will see.

squaredance

And there,MJM, is in a nutshell why Trump is doing so well. He is actually focused on winning, and, surprisingly, trying to get voters rather than preening front of the media for the approval of the elites, and their patrons, clients and dupes. This is not to say that he will win, or that his winning would accomplish any real thing for the nation, but it is to day that he is not out there "parsing" nonsense that some "political consultant" as stitched up for him.


Of course, before our media presidents, before JFK, this is often how politicians ran, though in the 20th century perhaps more in state and municipal elections than in national ones.

I am old enough to remember when presidents mostly campaigned by actual whistle stops. Often no more than a bit of political mummery, I know, but still, however briefly, they had to actually look the electorate in the eye, so to speak. I can remember when you did not have to go through a special "visitors entrance" to see your congressman (and now you had better be a major contributor to get the time of day)--he went in the same entrance that you did.

The "atmosphere" of Trump's campaign reminds me a bit of those days--and I think this is a part of his success.

It is only the political drift into an imperial government in DC, and in all branches and in both parties, that make Trump look peculiar. Whatever one thinks of Trump, he is not some departure from American political life, but rather a return.

He only seems odd because he does not mouth the usual Uniparty pap we have been conditioned to accept as "political speech" these last 30 - 40 years.

Old Lurker

Several things you will not learn from the tax return of any competent real estate developer (and by that I mean one with great tax lawyers and accountants) are:

1. What he is worth.

2. What his assets are.

3. What his income (as defined by "regular" people) was for that year.

narciso

Just aim the guns at doc brown, that sword of Damocles is tied with adamantiun

DebinNC

Believe her husband found a blog entry that he passed along to her that she passed along to us.

Thanks for the correction, Jeff and please forgive me, ananomom. I think the fellow's analysis of Trump-speak is very interesting.

ThirdMan

Eric's just a chip off the old block. A man of the finest character and unquestionable integrity.

Miss Jane Marple

Old Lurker,

I assume you are right.

I look forward to the geniuses in the media trying to make sense of the returns.

Heh.

Gus

Ig, like this??

I see Trump as unbeatable and so does 2/3's of America.
Sanders is a commie, and Rodham will be in prison.

Gus the third

I agree.

Old Lurker

MM, I am a piker compared to guys playing in that league.

I am also a detail obsessed numbers guy.

I have not been able to understand my own return for at least 25 years. Each year I sign at the paperclip and warn my lawyer and accountant that I intend to use that as my defense if the tax man comes looking for me.

Jeff Dobbs

I don't think ThirdMan and GMan are the same commenter.

NK

OL-- they will be even more opaque than that. As we discussed a while back, trump is nor a 'developer' he is a promoter, syndicator, and design/marketing consultant. Therefore I have to assume that every deal he does has tax treatment as one of the top, if not top concern. I know I don't know anything about taxes except I pay them, but I'd bet that his returns will be beyond the comprehension of most bona fide tax experts. The media will embarrass themselves.

James D

Hell, no:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/02/24/secret-police-virginia-considers-bill-to-withhold-all-officers-names/

The Virginia Senate has already approved Senate Bill 552, which would classify the names of all police officers and fire marshals as “personnel records,” exempting them from mandatory disclosure under the state’s freedom of information law. The Republican-dominated Virginia House will consider the bill in hearings starting Thursday. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has not taken a position on the bill yet, his spokesman said.

This is simply a horrifying idea, on every level. But it's also only an expansion on policies already in place elsewhere:

In Oregon, the state House passed a bill last week allowing the name of an officer involved in a police shooting to be withheld for 90 days if a judge finds there is a credible threat to the officer. This followed the killing of a protester from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, held by armed occupiers for more than a month this year. And the Pennsylvania House passed a bill in November mandating the withholding the name of an officer involved in a shooting while the investigation is pending — which would be a change from the Philadelphia Police Department’s policy of releasing the name within three days.

I know law enforcement is a difficult job. But police are still just citizens, with no more rights than anyone else. If I'm involved in a shooting, nobody is going to withhold my name from the news, regardless of what danger it might put me or my family in. Why the hell should someone whose salary I pay get protection that is denied to me?

And of course it's always good to pass a law where even the people who write it don't know how it will work:

Should the Virginia bill become law, the practical implications still aren’t clear. Some worry it would allow an officer who pulls over a driver, or stops someone in the street, to refuse to provide his or her name.

Just fills you to the brim with confidence, doesn't it?

Old Lurker

When they stop laughing at me, the Lawyer and Accountant warn me that I cannot use ignorance as my defense because the Engagement Letter I signed to induce them to prepare my returns absolved them from all mistakes.

Which is when I say that I did not read those letters for the same reason.

Same conversation every year. And I get stuck with the lunch tab.

maryd

who is doc brown?

Old Lurker

Right you are, NK.

If Trump charges them $.25 per page for the copies, they won't be able to afford to buy a copy of his returns they will be so long.

lyle

who is doc brown?

Bernie

lyle

Several things you will not learn from the tax return of any competent real estate developer

Or a hedgie.

Jack is Back! (Barely)

Anonamom's husband's blogger is Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert. He has been pitch perfect when it comes to his analysis of Trump and Trump mania since June. His blog is a must read for those who want to get inside the head and thinking of Trump. No one has done it better.

http://blog.dilbert.com

I have been a fan of his since I was in San Francisco and he was working across the bay for Pac Bell, I believe, where most of his Dilbert inspiration comes from.

lyle

Heck, you won't learn much about an investor with a $250K income from muni bonds as to what the value of the bonds are from his 1040. You might make a...guess, but that's about it.

JeanD

Building on the prior comments, I have been considering the many observations about Cruz and his optics.

We have seen many comments to the effect of "I like what he's saying, but I'm really turned off by his ________ (hair, demeanor, voice, gesturing, condescending tone, etc.)

Has concern over these factors been amplified by the fact of 7+ years of having a President who never misses an opportunity to insinuate himself into our daily lives? He does comedy shows, late night, NFL, b-ball picks, and every other televised event imaginable. To the point where you are seeking refuge from him.

Are we now conditioned to preferring someone who won't make us gag if the trend of all-President-all-the-time persists into the next Presidency? Even if the guy who might make us gag is the best choice?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who hates having the elections be a continuous topic in our lives, from the moment of the last one through the moment of the next one.

We should get a few days off every once in a while!

(I'm only using Cruz as an example here, not suggesting that he is any more/less off-putting than someone else.)

Janet, Janet's mom, and Jack, prayers to you!

James D

I'm sure I'm not the only one who hates having the elections be a continuous topic in our lives, from the moment of the last one through the moment of the next one.

A smaller, less intrusive government would take care of that.

But then what would all the pundits do? How would MSNBC and CNN and Fox News fill their programming days?

lyle

Yes, nice to see you back...Jack.

Best wishes to Janet and her mom.

JeanD

Amen to smaller gov, JamesD. And, on your second point, maybe those people could get real jobs, or conduct "listening tours" across the nation so as to discover that DC and reality aren't the same at all. Win-win. :)

DebinNC

Should the Virginia bill become law, the practical implications still aren’t clear. Some worry it would allow an officer who pulls over a driver, or stops someone in the street, to refuse to provide his or her name.

Aren't police required to wear name tags on duty? Darren Wilson was a prime target, especially after the NYT sent 8 reporters and the WaPo sent 6 to divulge everything they could about him including his address w/pic, his and his wife's first-middle-last names, info on his closest relatives, etc., making it easy as possible for death squads to find and kill him. It's a miracle he's alive.

Miss Jane Marple

It is truly amazing to me that the GOP either didn't recognize the anger or thought that it could be ignored.

It also is amazing to me that people gave Jeb and Mike Murphy over $150 million.

I sort have lost any awe of the donor class and GOP experts, that's for sure.

Threadkiller

Yeah, vote for her instead of Trump:

http://m.therightscoop.com/brilliant-black-lives-matter-protester-gets-hillary-to-read-her-own-racist-quote-from-1996/

maryrose

Jean
Very good point
I don't think Cruz is a narcissist like Obama
I see common sense solutions and courage of his convictions
I see Trump as getting things done
I see Rubio as wet behind the ears
If he can't beat Trump in Florida he is done
Remember Gore lost Tennessee and it cost him the election
Also think Jeb voters have long memories

Threadkiller

The GOP has bound themselves to a consent decree with the Democrats, MM.

The country has spun out of our control since then.

This loss will expose the uniparty.

maryrose

Jack
Happy you are progressing
Janet , prayers for your mom and your family

Miss Jane Marple

JeanD,

I am sure the continuous appearance of Obama has contributed to that feeling on my part.

GWB was on TV quite a bit, but a lot of that was because of the aftermath of 9/11. I know I had my TV on all the time and watched every press conference, speech, and appearance. Took me along time to get over that feeling that I had to watch all the time in case more danger surfaced.

Obama has built on that and does cameos at almost every Hollywood award ceremony, major sporting event, etc. Michelle shows up in most of the magazines. It's sort of creepy.

daddy

Rush in hour 1 is playing audio of John Jerry yesterday saying "He’s Not Supposed to Be Doing That", about the released Gitmo Terrorists re-engaging in Terrorism.

Keep hammering him and publicizing this stupidity Rush.

Miss Jane Marple

daddy,

What is Kerry implying? It sounds like he is befuddled that the terrorists aren't behaving like the Leftist Whirled Peas models Kerry and Obama were sure would work.

Well, Kerry. I think that Whirled Peas model is just what Obama told Kerry to get him to goalong.

jimmyk

I'd bet that his returns will be beyond the comprehension of most bona fide tax experts. The media will embarrass themselves.

Eh, it won't stop them from saying "He doesn't pay his fair share!" What they don't understand is that it's dog bites man, no one cares. Kind of like the collective shoulder shrug over stories about Slick Willy's philandering. Hillary may have thought her blatant lying would be met with a similar yawn, but I'm still hoping that's not the case.

DebinNC

5:35 pm || Delivers a statement on ISIS and Syria; State Department

Today's example of BOzo on tv, just in time for the evening news.

squaredance

Yes, well as I remember the NVA were "not supposed to do that" either.

What is it they say? "Fool me once..."?

Miss Jane Marple

What kind of statement is he going to issue?

"Monitoring" the situation?

In the real world that's called standing by and watching.

He's going to be pushing himself onto TV more to get attention now that the election is moving into high gear.

jimmyk

John Kerry yesterday saying "He’s Not Supposed to Be Doing That", about the released Gitmo Terrorists re-engaging in Terrorism.

That should be enough to get him his Nobel Peace Prize.

clarice

http://www.wsj.com/articles/duck-soup-1456424520?mod=djemBestOfTheWeb

Why the Sandoval for SCOTUS rumor is nonsense. Taranto says Obama should nominate Cruz and along the way he does a wonderful fisking of the NYT

Miss Jane Marple

After the press made almost no mention of the Clintons claiming deductions for donating used underwear, and further have accepted multiple revisions of tax reports for the Clinton Foundation, I don't really want to hear from any of them.

henry

simple answer from Trump then... you dont like my taxes? No deductions for used underwear in there.

Captain Hate

Hillary may have thought her blatant lying would be met with a similar yawn, but I'm still hoping that's not the case.

It won't be the case if we have a non tomato can-didate who brings it up constantly no matter how nonplussed the MFM Mrs Grundys look.

Miss Jane Marple

Fox just said Sandoval has taken himself out of the running.

Good.

jimmyk

Re Sandoval, this just in:


Jon Ralston
‏@RalstonReports

Breaking: Sandoval takes himself out of consideration for SCOTUS.

Taranto has also speculated that it may be hard to get anyone to agree to be nominated, given everything they have to go through, if it's perceived the Senate won't confirm.

Jeff Dobbs

daddy:
Rush in hour 1 is playing audio of John Jerry yesterday saying "He’s Not Supposed to Be Doing That", about the released Gitmo Terrorists re-engaging in Terrorism.

Kinda like Obama's response upon "finding out" that Hillary had her own personal server on which she conducted 100% of her Sec State electronic business. Or when he "found out" that the IRS was targeting conservatives. Or malfeasance at the VA, or.....

jimmyk

You win, MJM.

DebinNC

Supposedly there's a Syria cease-fire in the works, but BOzo warns us to be "cautious" about it. Jordan's king was at the WH yesterday and left very happy, my guess is BOzo promised him the moon if he'd keep the refugees corralled there until after the election when he'll "have more flexibility".

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Supposedly there's a Syria cease-fire in the works--

You mean on top of the one already in place?

jimmyk

Heh, people are reporting @Twitter to Twitter for harassment, hoping to get @Twitter suspended.

Pax Dickinson ‏@paxdickinson 1

UPDATE: @Twitter claims that @Twitter hasn't broken any of the @Twitter rules which I find suspicious. I think he has someone on the inside.

James D

Deb @ 1:19

The article says that removing names from uniforms is something that might be possible under the proposed legislation. It does quote a police spokesman as saying they wouldn't be doing that.

Your point about Darren Wilson is fair. But if it applies to him, shouldn't it apply to someone like George Zimmerman, too? His family got death threats, their home address got tweeted out to the world (actually somebody else's address, by mistake), etc.

DebinNC

Speaking of malfeasance at the VA, one of worst offenders, St Louis VA chief, not only didn't get fired but as sent to the only VA outlet outside the country, which is inside the posh U.S. embassy in Manilla and where she collects her $160,000 salary.
"Rima Nelson disappeared from public view after the St. Louis Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital she managed potentially exposed 1,800 patients to HIV, was closed twice for serious medical safety issues and ranked dead last in patient satisfaction."

derwill

--[Obama]'s going to be pushing himself onto TV more to get attention now that the election is moving into high gear.at the election is moving into high gear.--

That brings up something I've been wondering about for awhile now. As he's staring at himself in the mirror (which I'm sure he does often), what does Obama hope in his heart of hearts happens in this election. If Hillary wins she will become the shiny, new, first *** president in history. By virtue of being in the Oval she will become the supreme leader of both the Dem Party but also the Liberal/Socialist movement. The media won't be running to him everyday to get his words of wisdom on the job she is doing, unless he is willing to praise her and I certainly can't see him doing that, because any praise she receives for dealing with whichever of his chickens come home to roost will be an indirect indictment of his own failures. Add to that the certainty that he hates her guts with a white hot passion, and you've got wonder if he isn't secretly hoping a Repub wins. That way he'll still be the "voice of reason" that the media will turn to every day.

The downside will be that a GOP win will hurt the Dem Party, but I'm not sure how much he cares about that. As for a GOP president "hurting his legacy", I doubt the media will let that happen. Rather the opposite--we'll be hearing endlessly how much better the economy/world relations/etc. was under the glorious reign of Our Dear Leader.

Porchlight

Gee, Governor Sandoval, we hardly had a chance to get to know you.

daddy

Clarice and other Lawyers here who may know something about the FBI etc.

Can someone provide a legitimate, rational reason why the FBI Investigation of Hillary and her E-Mails by 150 Agents has been going on for 7 months yet we have heard nothing about it?

There probably is a good explanation, but I don't know what it is. Through your Legal grapevines, have you guys heard one?

lyle

http://thefederalist.com/2016/02/25/bernie-supporters-hatred-of-work-is-why-trump-supporters-are-so-mad/

Worth your time.

Captain Hate

It's been almost 9 years since GWB and Rove tried shoving amnesty down the throats of the country. Despite the public saying "[Redacted for Lent] no" then and every time since, the GOP regards this in the same way that the commiecrats worship abortion. The latest sneaky way of getting it done is lying about Rubio's record.

Their stupidity on this is hard to fathom because it will destroy the country; and I'll sit home before voting for any amnesty shill.

Porchlight

Scott Adams is definitely the most talented Trumpapologist out there. He's really fun to read.

El Presidente

"Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to Trump: We're Not Paying "For That F***ing Wall""

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/02/25/former_mexican_president_vicente_fox_to_trump_im_not_paying_for_that_fing_wall.html

Dave (in MA)
Sandoval takes himself out of consideration for SCOTUS.
Right wing rethuglikkkan obstructionist racist.
Jeff Dobbs

derwill:
As he's staring at himself in the mirror (which I'm sure he does often), what does Obama hope in his heart of hearts happens in this election.

Another point I've made several times -- In modern presidential history, only Reagan has successfully gotten a "third term" when HW was elected. On that score - which is in competition with the other issues you raised - I think Obama wants to equal that (and thus surpass Bill Clinton who saw Gore lose to W).

But then again, Hillary's election would in itself be a "third Clinton term" about as much as a "third Obama term".

Hopefully Obama is very, very conflicted about all of this.

NK

Lyle-- thanks for that link. Many profound thoughts in their by Hemmingway.

daddy

I mentioned that last week a young Army kid decided to hike solo back up Flattop, one of my regular trails, and then to head back to a second valley and follow that out to his nearby Army Base.

He got caught immediately in bad weather and now 6 days later the search for the guy has been called off.

My guess is he froze to death, but it's a big human interest story up, because even with his cold weather training and cold weather gear, it reminds people how wild it is up here and how easy you can kill yourself even on the trails that many of us regularly use.

Troopers suspend search for missing guardsman

I think I'll do a Flattop trail later today just to see what the conditions up there are like lately.

Porchlight

JiB,

Anonamom's husband's blogger is Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert.

I don't think so. anonamom's comment said "a la Scott Adams" - it's similar in its discussion of Trump, but it's a different guy. This guy is the creator (I think) of what he calls the Narrative Index.

http://www.scienceneedsstory.com/2016/02/24/25-the-narrative-index-3-trump-knows-narrative/

Jeff Dobbs

"Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to Trump: We're Not Paying "For That F***ing Wall""

I thought Trump's line about Calderon saying Mexico would never pay for the wall was pretty good:

And it was Calderon the other day, who is the past president, but Calderon the other day said, "We will not pay." So the newspapers called me up. They said, "He said - Calderon said we will not pay. What does that mean? What are you going to say?" I said, "The wall just got 10 feet higher."

But look, if Fox and Calderon want to run around mouthing off like that - you know what I'm willing to say? "Trump's support just got 10 points higher".

Gracias, amigos.

jimmyk

That Federalist piece on the progressives' "No-Work Utopia" reminds me of the old Marx quote:

[I]n communist society . . . each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, to fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have in mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic.

Bernie got that with his mother's milk.

Jeff Dobbs

jimmyk:
That Federalist piece on the progressives' "No-Work Utopia" reminds me of the old Marx quote:

Reminds me of the Pelosi Obamacare-Utopia quote.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/pelosi-obamacare-allows-you-quit-your-job-and-become-whatever

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Obamacare facilitates the type of “liberation” that the “Founders had in mind” because it allows you to quit your job and become a “photographer,” a “writer,” a “musician”--or “whatever.”

“As you hear from these stories, this is a liberation,” Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday.

“This is what our founders had in mind--ever expanding opportunity for people.

“You want to be a photographer or a writer or a musician, whatever -- an artist, you want to be self-employed, if you want to start a business, you want to change jobs, you no longer are prohibited from doing that because you can’t have access to health care, especially because you do not want to put your family at risk,” she said.

Porchlight

Another point I've made several times -- In modern presidential history, only Reagan has successfully gotten a "third term" when HW was elected.I

Eisenhower did if you accept that 1960 was stolen. And Clinton just about did (and of course many believe that 2000 was stolen as well).

Granted, those aren't "successful" third terms in that neither Nixon nor Gore actually won. But IMO it weakens the "third terms are really really hard to get" theory substantially.

You could almost look at 1968 as the deferred Eisenhower third term and 2016 as either the deferred Clinton third term or the deferred W third term. I'm hoping for the latter, naturally.

henry

Nice, OKeefe caught on vid: Austrailian commies campaigning for Bernie. Yes, that is illegal.

Beasts of England

I'm at lunch and CNN is on the tube, and they've been talking about Trump's taxes so long that I'm about to throw an egg roll at the tv. They've played Turd McMittens clip twice so far. Well, that loser can go put on his magic underwear and die in a fucking fire. Fuck me.

daddy

I have not been able to understand my own return for at least 25 years.

I turned all my Tax Forms over to the CPA yesterday afternoon, because even with only having a single W-2 for the entire family (which you'd think would make things super simple), the incomprehensibility of how to properly comply with the convoluted Kiddie Tax rules via IRS Forms and Turbo-Tax was a bridge too far for my human understanding.

The IRS has defeated me:(

IRS delenda est.

Miss Jane Marple

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/harry-reid-mitt-romney-taxes-219780#ixzz41CxgW85j

Reid mocks Romney on Trump's taxes!

"An incredulous Reid mocked Romney's statements about Trump's taxes when the Nevadan was asked about them on Thursday.

"Ha, ha. (Romney) never gave us his tax returns. Who was the brainchild that got him to do that?" Reid said at a news conference."He gave us a summary. He never gave us his tax returns."

-----------------------------------------

I lost track on all of this. Is that right? Romney only provided a summary?

Miss Jane Marple

daddy,

Mine will go tot he accountant next week. I have to gather my reports and W-2 from Social Security plus figure out my deductible business expenses.

Since I am STILL filing married filing jointly, I have no choice but to use the accountant, which will cost me more than his work is really worth. Next year I hope to use Turbo Tax. I used to do our taxes years ago, before they got complicated.

Miss Jane Marple

Kasich is asking RUBIO to bow out, now that the polls are showing so badly for him in Florida.

That's pretty nervy, if you ask me.

lyle

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/02/25/iowa-considers-bill-allowing-children-under-14-to-handle-guns-world-explodes/

Read if you want but this is best part:

“What this bill does, the bill before us, allows for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds to operate handguns. We do not need a militia of toddlers. We do not have handguns that I am aware of that fit the hands of a 1- or 2-year-old,” said said Democratic Rep. Kirstin Running-Marquardt.

Love the hypenated name; reeks of progtard signalling. Somehow I'd bet she's just fine with the functional equivalent of toddlers in the White House.

Porchlight

Welp, the Norpoth model says Trump wins:

https://www.sbstatesman.com/2016/02/23/political-science-professor-forecasts-trump-as-general-election-winner/

He's been predicting correctly since 1996 and his model backtests correctly in every presidential election since 1912 except for 1960 (which was stolen).

I remember reading this 2012 prediction post-NH and not wanting to believe it.
http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/polisci/2012Norpoth.pdf

lyle

http://www.infowars.com/ny-times-columnist-jokes-about-assassination-attempt-ending-trumps-campaign/

Lighten up, wingnutz!

Beasts of England

Sippy's gonna have a very bad day. And night. He's just dumb enough to try and attack Trump tonight and he's gonna get reminded that he'll lose Florida. Yikes!

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Miss Jane Marple

Cruz and Rubio were strongly urged by multiple people yesterday to bring up this tax thing. If it is true that Romney only provided a summary, either one going after him will be mocked over that issue. (Especially since they haven't released their tax returns either.)

Beasts, I am in agreement with you. Kasich prodding him to drop out should also get hm rattled.

Ann

Apologize for not reading all the threads,but have a few questions from just skimming:

Miss Jane Marple = Jane?

What did you mean about Jim DeMint/Heritage?

Glad to see JIB here.

Miss Jane Marple

OK, a few days ago we had this:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/22/politics/jon-huntsman-donald-trump-david-axelrod/index.html (Huntsman says he could get behind Trump.)

Then we got Romney going after Trump over taxes.

THEN we got Harry Reid mocking Romney.

Is this more of the Huntsman/Romney family feud playing out in the presidential race? If it is, I would like BOTH of them to sit down and shut up!

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