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September 27, 2017



Dear Clarice, I just finished reading your 9/24/17 article and want to tell you how good it is. So well put together. And 2 items new to me - that it was DOJ and FBI who organized the Trump Tower meeting to set up Trump, Jr. et al and secondly, that GCHQ spying on Trump was operating within NSA offices in the US!

The comments there are wonderful, too. Tku.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Brad Blakesell, no grassroot guy but an old Bushie, is on Fox being very vehement about respecting the flag.

This tells me the President has hit on a winning issue. Furthermore, he says that Goodell can issue an order.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Locking arms is replacing kneeling it sounds like, so who won...again?

Miss Marple the Deplorable

One thing about the repatriation of overseas cash is that it REMOVES cash from foreign countries. It may or may not cause investment here, but it removes balances from foreign banks, which may be part of the reason.

If there is less cash in the coffers of foreign banks, it removes money which banks can offer for loans to foreign corporations.

Am I wrong about this? I am not a big banking expert so I might be making something up in my head. I would be happy if more knowledgable people would explain this to me.

Miss Marple the Deplorable



Locking arms is replacing kneeling it sounds like, so who won...again?

The people that canceled cable.

Clarice Feldman

Thanks, BR


TM, that money is more fungible under a ZIRP policy than if the Fed raises rates. A return of cash immunizes the big employers from a hit there. This can ease the pension / retirement fund problems by enabling greater than zero returns via greater than zero interest rates.

Clarice Feldman


Miss Marple the Deplorable

The President's appearance today is invitation only, and the audience will be made up of small business, farmers, workers, etc.


I agree with TM--the corporate tax cut will make a difference, possibly a big one. Shifting cash around won't. For one thing, if companies have cash abroad for tax reasons, they can and do borrow against it. So it doesn't prevent them from investing and hiring.

matt, deplore me if you must

I think Trump's bully pulpit will be an equal tool for growing the economy than the tax cut. This week's edition of The Economist highlights China's unfair trade practices.

I can vouch for that as I watched them destroy the global market for solar panels and electronics device manufacturing.

These companies are hoarding cash like misers as the big net bigger through M&A. Pretty soon we'll be looking at Unicorp. That stifles innovation and creativity.Overall, not good for jobs and the middle class.


From the last thread:

Packers request fans at Thursday's game lock arms in the stands

So this is what we've come to? Football games are now kumbaya events to support the snowflakes who have been triggered by the election of Trump? I don't need to pay $100 to see an NFL game for that. I can walk into any liberal reform synagogue in Manhattan on a Friday night for free. (Well, maybe not this Friday night, but in general....)

Old Lurker

"I can walk into any liberal reform synagogue in Manhattan..."

Or any Episcopal Church on any corner.


Lock arms. No.

Lock & Load arms. Definite possibility... have targets in stock. ;)

mad jack

here's an idea you nfl morons: stand up, put your right hand over your heart and silently thank all of those who sacrificed to give you the opportunity to live and prosper in the greatest country in history. not a hard concept to grasp.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 43m43 minutes ago

Facebook was always anti-Trump.The Networks were always anti-Trump hence,Fake News, @nytimes(apologized) & @WaPo were anti-Trump. Collusion?

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 39m39 minutes ago

..But the people were Pro-Trump! Virtually no President has accomplished what we have accomplished in the first 9 months-and economy roaring

Clarice Feldman

Increasingly looks like the Awans were engaged in espionage and the Democrats are desperate to cover that up:https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/276717/

Old Lurker

"Increasingly looks like the Awans were engaged in espionage and the Democrats are desperate to cover that up.."

Does Trey Gowdy know who they are yet? Is it only the Dems who are dragging their feet?

Miss Marple the Deplorable


Was that info going to the Pakistanis, and thus to the Chinese? Or to the Pakistanis and then to the Taliban and ISIS?

Also, if Comey let the wife leave, was he aiding and abetting a criminal activity? Would he be guilty of espionage as well?


How much did the Awan's handlers contribute to the Obama Library Activism Center?

Captain Hate

Packers are insulting approximately half their fanbase. Doesn't strike me as an effective strategy.


Packers news release made clear to ticket holders asked to lock arms in solidarity with the team what doing so would mean: "The image you will see on September 28th will be one of unity. It will represent a coming together of players who want the same things that all of us do—freedom, equality, tolerance, understanding, and justice for those who have been unjustly treated, discriminated against or otherwise treated unfairly."

IOW, Packer ticket holders are asked to visibly support BLM's anti-police efforts.

Captain Hate

Any new leads on the Seth Rich case?

Clarice Feldman


A must read

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

The NFL are still bums, but they wanted to kneel and appear to be abandoning their preferred method of protest of "whitey and therefore America stinks" to "can't we all just get along?"

They lose, but because they're idiots they stay stuck on stupid with a slightly less offensive gesture, thereby not only losing the battle but the war for many of their fans.


MM-I have to disagree with you on harriet myers. It was a bad appointment based purely on personal loyalty to bush 43.

Big law firms will not touch anyone from a law school like smu that is non-elite in their recruiting unless they are in the top 10% of the class. You are saying SCOTUS should have lower standards? That there is not a pecking order in law schools?

Law schools use blind grading. You don't end up in the top few in any law school class unless numerous profs, blindly and independently, think a certain exam is simply the top or among the top few out of the 70 or 100 graded. Those stand-out qualities do matter and myers would have been just as outclassed intellectually on that court as sotomayor is. She has the elite schools but noticeably not the mind. At least though myers would not have had a chip on her shoulder from the get-go.

Unfortunately though she may have developed one over years of being in the midst of people who simply eclipsed her in their capacity to synthesize. In certain positions that firepower does matter and myers never showed anything to show she had it.

Don't confuse coulter's obnoxious way of pointing out a fact as being proof that fact was immaterial.

James D.

"Increasingly looks like the Awans were engaged in espionage and the Democrats are desperate to cover that up.."

Paul Manafort, who was actively cooperating with the feds over an investigation into nothing, gets a pre-dawn raid of his house.

Democrat politicians and their staffs, who are actively obstructing an investigation concerning national security data, bribery, foreign espionage and God only know what else, are left alone.

THIS is why I don't have any patience at all for Sessions. Start breaking down the doors of some Dem staffers at 4 AM with armed raids, and carting away their possessions, and bankrupting them with legal fees - as their operatives do to conservatives with no cause at all - and I'll stop complaining.

Clarice Feldman

Since the Packers are publicly owned by the people of Green Bay, this seems to be a dumb idea.


Is VDH still soft slamming Trump? Or has he got off his virtual knee?


Probably not that dumb, Clarice. IMO the majority of season ticket holders to events where millionaires play children's games are dim bulbs.

There will be enough saps there to allow the camera angles to win the narrative.

James D.

You are saying SCOTUS should have lower standards? That there is not a pecking order in law schools?

Sure there is. But it shouldn't be the be-all-and-end-all, especially as one's career advances.

In another context - you'll see more pro athletes drafted from the top college programs, and that's exactly what you'd expect. And pro teams will target their scouting more heavily towards those top programs.

But that doesn't mean an all-star player can't come out of a small college, or even one that has a losing program. Or that a player who was only average in college and was drafted in the late rounds can't turn out to be a big star later on.

Why shouldn't that be true of law and government as well?


I miss Sandy Daze. If you're lurking, pop in and say hello!

Captain Hate

According to the Horde, NFL Sunday Ticket cancellations are spiking. Another testimony of the genius of Roger Goodell.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


I am not arguing her merits. And how much of the "not touching an SMU grad unless from the top 10%" is based on legal merit and how much on simply not allowing too many into the club? Those connections are a lot more valuable to a firm that legal academic skill.

Still, my example isn't about Myers' merit. It's about how there is no thinking strategically by people like Coulter or Ingraham in how you handle disagreements with a president of your own party. They are influential women within the GOP, and their immediate disdain, publicly stated, over and over again, was detrimental to his ability to unify the party on other policies.

They could have scheduled a meeting with Senators in order to get someone to go to President Bush about the appointment. They could have given a more reasoned and less vicious opposition.

Another thing about the Myers appointment, is that he KNEW her and knew she wouldn't go off the rails, like Soulter (his father's appointment) did. That may have entered into it more than personal loyalty.

Jim Eagle


Some possibilities beside the Cubans:

North Korea





All have embassies and close relationships with Cuba. All have devious technical capabilities for torture so why not exercise it openly?

Captain Hate

I finally have a chance to play "Annoying Pedant" on rse: Harriet Miers.

Clarice Feldman

My husband and I entered govt service under Kennedy's old honors program. We were in top percentages in our classes at Wisconsin (which was essentially free to us).Most of our colleagues hired at the same time were from Harvard. Shortly after starting work, we found that our colleagues hired when we were from HLS, a school that did not rank, were still polishing their HLS chairs while all the significant briefs were handed over to us to work. Credentials often aren't worth the paper they are printed on.


Help. I can't decide which Drudge link to click on first, the new species of giant rats whose teeth can crack a coconut or the swinger party that went bad

Thomas Collins

Even if marginal rates are lowered, the damage done by the continuation of O-Care will outweigh any benefit from lower marginal rates. I am pessimistic that Medicaid reform, loosening restrictions on cross-state prepaid health plan competition, risk pools for preexisting conditions, and other prepaid health care reform will ever happen now. Look for taxpayer bailout of health insurance companies. Look for "tax reform" to trade lower rates for some sort of new tax (such as a value added or carbon tax) which will grow and grow.

Jeeeeezzzzzuuuuussssss. I am out-OLing OL this morning!


Credentials often aren't worth the paper they are printed on.

See Obama.


For goodness sake, even the teams that allowed players to kneel didn't force the FANS to participate in anything via peer pressure. I would be so freaking furious. But fortunately, I am not a Packers fan.

Just kidding. I am furious anyway.

Think there will be fights in the Lambeau stands? That should be GREAT PR.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


Captain Hate

Pulling out all the stops:

Hi Captain. I'm Martin Sheen.

I may not be a real-life President, but there are three things I've learned about real-life politics.

First: What's happening right now in America is not normal. The rhetoric coming from Washington is hateful and in opposition to the values of inclusion and equality America was built on.

Second: To protect the principles we care so deeply about from the extremely partisan atmosphere -- like access to health care, a secure retirement, or investments in education or infrastructure -- we need to keep good lawmakers in place.

Senator Sherrod Brown is one of those lawmakers. He doesn't just talk about progressive values; he embodies them. He fights for them. He's an authentic leader.

Third: We need to step up. Never doubt that a group of concerned citizens, however small, can make a big difference.

Captain, I'm asking you to help Sherrod. His FEC deadline is in 5 days, and he needs to reach $300,000. Can you give $5, $10, or more to help him reach that goal?

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I've played a lot of roles in my career. A Captain in the Vietnam War. The uncle of a young superhero. A liberal U.S. President battling an opposition Congress.

But in real life, I'm a guy from Ohio. I was born in Dayton. My mom was an Irish immigrant and my dad was a factory worker and machine inspector.

Sherrod is one of those rare lawmakers that lives up to the trust we place in him as an elected official. He puts Ohio families first, last, and always. That's the guy I want representing my family in the Senate.

Sherrod is currently down in recent polls and facing tough resistance from his opponent and right-wing special interest groups. If you can, chip in to help Sherrod hit this FEC goal right now.

All the best, and thanks for helping Sherrod.



peter, giant rats was interesting. deranged people in minivans less so.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

I do not like unwanted physical contact with strangers. The hand-holding during the Lord's Prayer at mass forced me to sit in the back of the church far away from anyone who might reach over and grab me.

I would resist the arm-locking even more, although at a Packer game there probably aren't empty seats, so I would have to cause a scene.


arm locking is stupid. we are individuals, not a collective hive.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

The senator in the hospital is Thad Cochrane of Mississippi.

Dumb twitter posts by reporters thought he might have confused Scalise with a senator. And now we have discovered that President Trump knows what's going on more than DC reporters.

Captain Hate

IMO the majority of season ticket holders to events where millionaires play children's games are dim bulbs.

I don't think this is a fair statement. And I'm not a season ticket holder.


Justice Ginsburg: Sexism ‘Major Factor’ in 2016 Election

Bader was asked during an interview with “CBS This Morning” when she expected to see the United States elect its first female president.

“When do I think? We came pretty close,” she replied.

“Do you think sexism played a role in that campaign?” anchor Charlie Rose asked.

“Do I think so? I have no doubt,” Ginsburg asserted.

Rose then asked if Ginsburg believed the role of sexism was “decisive” in Hillary Clinton’s loss–that is, if Clinton were a man, would she have won the election?

“There are so many things…there’s so many things that might have been decisive,” she hedged. “But that was a major, major factor.”

Miss Marple the Deplorable


Miss Marple the Deplorable


It's a beautiiful letter, and encapsulates both what people loved about the NFL and how the NFL destroyed it.

Miss Marple the Deplorable



Big law firms will not touch anyone from a law school like smu that is non-elite in their recruiting unless they are in the top 10% of the class. You are saying SCOTUS should have lower standards? That there is not a pecking order in law schools?

What about Obama?

I'm not sure Miers had what it takes but neither am I convinced that her not having graduated from an elite law school is any proof of it.

The whole country is being ground into leftist dust by graduates of elite law schools.

Captain Hate

The more I think about it the worse the Packer message seems. If they're expecting close to 100% submission participation, they're in for a big shock. If anyone gets injured in a fight in the stands that might be instigated by this, ambulance chasers will be like sharks around blood.

Jim Eagle

This is not the time for the NFL to alienate their fan base. Time is running out on football. In the last 10 years there as been a decline in high school fielding teams. This year its 5.4% decline. Here in my area, we have Easthampton giving it up. A number of schools have combined high school teams. Greenport on the North Fork is made of two other schools: Southold and Mattituck.

The Southampton team includes Ross School (private) and Sag Harbor (Pierson). Lacrosse and soccer are the big receipients. Concussion is part of the problem but not all of it by far.

If your youth programs are declining what does that say about your future and your fan base? Someone at the NFL has to take a course in Dynamic Demographics and Analytics, pronto.


Clarice and Sue beat me to it.

Clarice Feldman


Old Lurker

Just for James:



CH, to me it is a complete waste of money so in this instance I look at them as dim bulbs.

When I was regularly racing my formula car I had expenses others couldn't grasp and I'm certain they thought I was a dim bulb.

When I bought the first new set of tires I naively asked the sales man "how long do these slicks last?" I was surprised it wasn't a distance answer like the other tires I bought for a regular car I used to race. His answer? "If you average 70mph they will last 58 minutes. "

Plenty of people thought I was pretty stupid when I told them that.

Aside from comparing expenses between hobbies I always thought I held the high ground because I had more control of the outcome of the event I participated in than the $10 a beer fan.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Where we are:


Sad, but with the left, there is a lot of truth in this.


Is it live or is it Memorex?



Very true, MM. The whole thing.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


That is dated 1999!! He's been thinking about this stuff for a LONG time!

(People who want to see what Porchlight's clipping posted above says, click on it and it will enlarge.)


GREETINGS. I am going to the Packers game tomorrow.
l stand, remove my cap, face the flag, put my hand over my heart and I will sing along with the NATIONAL ANTHEM.


James D.

Wow, OL.

That state trooper should be fired. As should anyone who would contemplate the idea of filing charges against the woman for even a nanosecond.

Has common sense and sanity been completely banished from this country?

Clarice Feldman

MM, that part of the tax plan is genius--In effect the red states have been subsidizing the blue states' profligacy.

Dave (in MA)
Hi Captain. I'm Martin Sheen.

"Fake News" Writer Who "Felt Responsible For Trump's Election" Found Dead In Phoenix

Horner, whose fake news stories often went viral on Facebook and Twitter, told The Intersect, a Washington Post blog, last year that Trump supporters were especially susceptible to being fooled.

“My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time,” Horner said. “I think Trump is in the White House because of me."

“His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.”

Horner also said at the time he published his hoax stories to make Trump supporters look bad.

“I thought they’d fact-check it, and it’d make them look worse,” Horner said. “I mean, that’s how this always works: Someone posts something I write, then they find out it’s false, then they look like idiots.

“But Trump supporters — they just keep running with it! They never fact-check anything! Now he’s in the White House. Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I think I helped it. And that feels [bad].”

Apparent drug overdose.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Here's the tax reform package:


I haven't read it yet, and I imagine there will be some further negotiations.


I expect a slow death in the Senate for that.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

I am seeing on Twitter that the athletic director of the University of Louisville was fired, and it was because he refuse to fire Rick Petino, so both were fired.


Capt H at 10:28 AM - there is this:

Crowdstrike payments [from DNC] coincide with deaths of Seth Rich and Shawn Lucas.

Also, that Seth and Shawn were friends is very interesting, if true.


Ah captain queenan, that stalking is what they did with manafort and page, follow them to the actual target


Apart from Julian Assange's policy to not reveal sources, people have wondered if he wouldn't waive that since Seth cannot be further harmed. But it is possible he may have been part of a group or others knew about his actions, e.g., Shawn Lucas. Also the brother Aaron. Aaron is probably safe for the time being, since a second brother's death would look too conspicuous.


"According to WSP, they [State Patrol] will be reviewing the way this case was handled with the trooper, adding they are grateful for Isaacson’s courageous effort to help save the child."

Clearly, she has nothing to worry about.

Old Lurker

"I expect a slow death in the Senate for that."

Why would anybody believe otherwise?

Basic rule is "if it is good for people like me and my kids, it will not become law."

Now, if we were to give Mitch 60 R's...

Me? Cynical?


The point is not elite law schools, it is any proof at any point in her legal career that she had a first rate legal mind.

It's not that people who go to elite law schools MUST have a first rate mind or that elite grads of elite state schools cannot compete with the Ivies. That is clarice's point .
You cannot bootstrap though no elite qualifications from a middling law school as empowering someone to be on scotus.

Credentials don't make one elite, but no credentials doesn't prove credentials don't matter in a cerebral career like scotus. Every scotus clerk I have ever known was simply stellar. It showed in everyday conversations and many have excellent senses of humor.


Patience? Yes.

Faith? No.

Put not your faith in princes or the sons of men.

Posted by: Ignatz Ratzkywatzky | September 27, 2017 at 09:47 AM

Who said anything about princes or the sons of men?

Providence, my man. Providence is at work here. The result of this election was miraculous in the eyes of many and so is the agreement of such a strong team to work with a man reviled by so many, including the #NeverTrump crowd.


Faith and patience.

Old Lurker

"Clearly, she has nothing to worry about..."

Long term, sure, Deb. But for these few days, she has lost sleep. Next time those facts confront her or somebody else who heard about her treatment by the police, they might not act or they might not act fast enough.

Fear of excessive State Action is almost as effective a deterrent as actual excessive state action. Feeds nicely into "not my job, man, let the officials deal with it."

Miss Marple the Deplorable


That is what I think as well.


I never forgot President Trump bluntly saying, "We will be protected by God."

No other explanation for his win. Of such unlikely men does the Lord use to work miracles.


Packers request fans at Thursday's game lock arms in the stands

More like, "Packers request fans break into fistfights with one another in the stands".


Good Morning! I'm at the eye surgeon's office waiting for hubby. He's having cataract surgery. Good Lord,this waiting room has some interesting characters! The tattoo family just walked in.Yikes!


rse, we've had quite enough of stellar legal minds -- wouldn't you say?

I certainly have. Who do you think has been central in laying down much of this Marxist Humanist approach you've been highlighting?

Additionally, stellar legal minds plowed the way for the Ivy League generated stupidity we see in our courts today, right?

Stellar legal minds never should have been the standard for the Supreme Court. Look at our law schools at every level -- "stellar" minds devolving into sheer stupidity, in part because the legal profession has desperately sought to distance itself from the VOCATIONAL and, instead, arbitrarily insist to be seen and respected as PROFESSIONALS.

Stellar minds, demonstrated in diverse activities and fields of work, should have been much more of the focus.

We need that now more than ever, IMHO. << rant over >>


I think the dgi is fully capable, they trained the vietnamese, however what difference does it make, it happened on their soil.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


The democrats are still trying to turn this into Katrina.


I can't decide which Drudge link to click on first, the new species of giant rats whose teeth can crack a coconut or the swinger party that went bad

Wasn't it that the party fizzled when the rats showed up?


"Now he’s in the White House. Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I think I helped it. And that feels [bad].”"


Even if marginal rates are lowered, the damage done by the continuation of O-Care will outweigh any benefit from lower marginal rates.

The personal rates are just tweaks and relatively meaningless, but the corporate reduction is important. As for health care, I think the GOP will get it done after 2018 when the congressional make-up is even better than it is now.


>>>When there is no other choice but to win, "just win, baby" is not politically nor morally objectionable. If we are fortunate, a big if, we will have time later to argue about the details. Right now we must charge the field.

Posted by: Porchlight | September 27, 2017 at 10:42 AM<<<

and here I was about to join Old Lurker out on the Ledge to celebrate "Talk Like Captain Hate Day".

I want a mountain of skulls-NOW!!!

Old Lurker

MM's 11:42 tax plan link.

There is a lot to like in that outline.

Yes...even for me.

Which of course means Henry is correct about its future in the Senate.

Captain Hate

Apparent drug overdose

Another crime family related death under sketchy circumstances. How many is this?


Apparent drug overdose.

What really happened is that Jesus appeared to him, criticized him for being anti-Trump, and smote him. I read it on the internet, so I know it's true.



“First keep Obamacare, now raise taxes on top earners?” he tweeted. “At least illusion there is difference between parties is finished once and for all!”
Captain Hate

If anybody is a RICO target, even more than the crime family, it's Soros.



Former Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Rapone’s long history of extremist tweets, which include calling Mattis an “evil, vile f****,” is shocking, disappointing and abhorrent.

“Several years ago, I met Spenser Rapone when he was a high school student seeking an appointment to West Point,” Altmire said. “At the time, he was an outstanding, well-rounded student who came from a good family. I have not been in touch with him in the years since the appointment, and I was shocked and extremely disappointed in the recent reports of his indefensible actions.”


My Indiana cousin is a deacon (deaconess?) in her church. She posts a lot of objectionable stuff on Facebook (from my point of view). We're having a civil exchange on email ... things branch out to various unlikely topics ... but I have a question for MissM (I believe you live in IN?).

"Indiana still has a strong KKK influence here."

Really? Still? I mean, she lives there, not me, so maybe that's right. But ... wow. Just wow.


Limbaugh is falling for some unnamed source garbage from Politico.

It happens to everyone...

I wish he would have read Boris' post from yesterday.


I think the tax reform will go through because of its relationship to the economy.
We will win big in 2018.
Dems are a losing Party with no message.
Party of the Victims and Losers.
No more elitist lawyers.
They want to silence us and take away our religious liberty and a fair justice system.
I consider Bill and Hillary elitist lawyers.
Look how crappy and corrupt they are.
As a counselor I can say that it is the motivated person, not the institution that is the making of a fine lawyer.



Re-posting. This is great, though it will take money out of my pocket in the short run. Let all the citizens pressure their state lawmakers to examine spending and see if it can be reduced. Examine programs and see if they are necessary and well run.

A virtuous circle, as they say. As VP Joe Biden would say, "a big effin' deal".

Maybe CA will lose the wherewithal to solve global warming unilaterally via the wallets of its citizens

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