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Dave Hill
Mr. Nice Guy
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There are some practical concerns here, but it's an interesting set of ideas: circular runways.

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Tweetizen Trump - 2017-03-27 "Jobs! Health! Rules!"

Busy, busy, busy. I know I have been, and it sounds like you have, too. So how do I have to catch up on viz your tweeterly habit, Donald?

Today, I was pleased to announce the official approval of the presidential permit for the #KeystonePipeline. A great day for American jobs! [1P] (complete with a pretty picture)

Well, it's a bad day for water quality, not to mention air quality and the Earth's climate ... but you've managed to check the boxes on "Short term jobs" and "Big Oil" and "Thumb my nose at Obama," so it's clearly a great day for you.

Today, I was thrilled to announce a commitment of $25 BILLION & 20K AMERICAN JOBS over the next 4 years. THANK YOU Charter Communications! [2]

Interestingly enough, you explicitly took credit for this in other media. Even though this is something that was two years in the making (and part of the Charter/Time-Warner merger).[3]

Thank you @SecretaryPerry & @GregAbbott_TX! #MAGA🇺🇸. [10]

That was given in thanks to a Rick Perry tweet[11] about him and Gov. Abbott meeting at the White House: '.@GregAbbott_TX and I know that #Texas is great. Together, we’re pitching in with @POTUS to help #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.'

Which was apparently all about the Charter thang, too.[16] Again, about something that's really two years old.


And then there was the GOP Health Insurance Reform (AHCA, GOPcare, RyanCare, TrumpCare) debacle.

Before it all happened, as you were scrambling for support ...

THANK YOU! More conservative groups are endorsing #AHCA. @ACUConservative, @TeaPartyExpress and dozens more! #PassTheBill #RepealANDReplace . [9]

Yeah, too bad none of the conservative Representatives got on board that train.

Then, afterward ...

ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry! [4*]

Yes, why should I worry about how millions of people's insurance may fall apart because you and your GOP congressional buddies refuse to do what's needful to actually help repair it.

Watch @JudgeJeanine on @FoxNews tonight at 9:00 P.M. [5]

Which was interesting, as she actually spent a lot of time suggesting that this was all Paul Ryan's fault and he ought to resign as Speaker.[14] You later asserted that it was all a weird coincidence and you wanted to just boost the ratings of someone you like.

But, still, it's a funny disconnect from your public support of Ryan and general suggestion that no, no, there's no reason why he should step down.

Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare! [7]

And a nice zinger at the Far Right GOP. Is there anyone you're not blaming?[15]


General Kelly is doing a great job at the border. Numbers are way down. Many are not even trying to come in anymore. [8]

Yes, border crossing apprehension stats are way down,[18] (though a substantial proportion of undocumented workers cross legally and simply stay after they are supposed to go home. And even potential legal visitors are declining to come in any more, too.[17] Um ... yay?


Today I'm signing 4 bills under the Congressional Review Act that cancels regulations & eliminates unnecessary, job-killing rules. #MAGA . [12]

So what were these horrifying job-killers that you've saved us from?[19]

'-- The "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" rule, which barred companies from receiving federal contracts if they had a history of violating wage, labor or workplace safety laws.'

Egads! How awful!

'-- A Bureau of Land Management rule known as "Planning 2.0," that gave the federal government a bigger role in land use decisions. The rule was opposed by the energy industry.'

Yeah, that poor Energy Industry unable to control land use decisions. What could possibly go wrong?

'-- Two regulations on measuring school performance and teacher training under the Every Student Succeeds Act, a law Obama signed in 2015 with bipartisan support.'

The bastard!

Yeah, really happy to see these horrific, job-killing rules that had no other purpose than to kill jobs, in the most job-killingly way, not only canceled by Trump, but under the CRA cannot be re-proposed as rules without Congressional approval.

I'll keep working with Congress, agencies, and the American people until we eliminate every unnecessary, job-killing regulation we can find! [13]

Yes, Donald. I'm sure you will.


Your Social Media Minions also tweeted about ...
... Your weekly address!
... the NASA Authorization Act.
... honoring Medal of Honor recipients.
... your fabulous rallies! [P]



[P] So amazingly important that it had to be posted on both RealDonaldTrump and the Official POTUS account.

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It's GOOD to be the Golfing President (once you're the Golfing President)

Gee, remember when criticizing the President for golfing was the cool thing to do?

That was before top Republican talking heads had a President of their own who golfs even more often, so now it's become a serious part of deal-making and exercise and ... um ... presidenty stuff. So that's okay then. Even if those weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago cost $3 mil a pop.

It's just par for the course.

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Can religious charities make up for a stingier government?

Yyyeah, pretty much not.

I know a lot of religious orgnanizations that are not currently sitting on their butts when it comes to feeding the hungry and caring for the poor. The idea that our current "welfare state" takes care of all the lollygaggers and needy is a laugh to begin with; there's a lot my parish already does to contribute to food banks and shelters, etc. I can't see that spending doubling or anything close to it, and I think it highly unlikely that those who are already involved in outreach and charitable causes will be able to take up much if any of the slack were Trump's "cut everything but military, border fences, and the VA" budget to go in.

Or look at it another way: we once lived in a country where private (mostly religious) charity cared for the poor and indigent. Why did we move away from that model? Because it wasn't working. Why did we get Social Security? Because poor elderly people were dying in their homes, private charity or not. Why did we get Medicare? Why did these governmental programs go into place? Because there were needs that private citizens, supporting private charities, could not or would not take care of.

Blithely cutting social welfare programs on the assumption that private charities will pick up the slack is simply not realistic. Because it didn't work before.

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End of a tax-free era

Amazon's been doing this on a smaller scale in certain states, but as of 1 April they will begin collecting sales tax (where applicable) in all 50 states in the US.

I don't expect this will cut down on my Amazon purchasing, though -- the frequently lower costs were not just because of state sales tax, and the convenience factor remains high.

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Cell Division

An actual time-lapse video sequence of cells dividing? That's awesomely cool.

[h/t +Les Jenkins]

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Movie Re-Review: "Thor" (2011)

Given that I seem to watch this about once a year, I guess it's true that it's one of my favorites of the MCU films, and one that keeps growing on me despite both being rushed and suffering from an awkwardly forced love interest.

Full review:
Previous reviews:

Four stars and a heart.

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The Trumpire Strikes Back

So far it seems that Trump has blamed just about everyone but himself for his failure to close the deal on the AHCA:

-- The Democrats for not voting for it (well, duh).
-- The (relatively) moderate Republicans for not voting for it.
-- The hard conservative Republicans for not voting for it.
-- Paul Ryan for not getting everyone to vote for it.

And in blaming, he's pretty much threatened each group, too -- even as he's also reached out to each group to do further work with them on future legislation.

And ... this is the sharp "Art of the Deal" get-stuff-done president?

The problem is, as i see it, is that Trump is after deals ... for himself. In the business world, that's deals that net him immediate prestige and, hopefully, eventually profit. As President it's ... well, again, deals that net him immediate prestige. He doesn't really care much what they are about, as long as they make him look good.

He famously was unfamiliar with the details of the AHCA -- all his efforts for it (or times when he was passive) were related not to what the bill actually said, but how it would make him look as The Great President.

The challenge Trump faces is that his prestige as President is of limited use to people on either side of the aisle. It only helps them insofar as it gets their desired legislation done. If he's going to lash out at everyone when he doesn't get his way, then what motivation does anyone have to work with him?

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Movie Re-review: "Iron Man" (2008)

It's Bachelor Week at my household, and the first movie of the week is ... well, Iron Man.

Faboo redemption arc, as rich narcissist Tony Stark becomes grounded without becoming grim. Still one of the best MCU films.

Full review:
Original review:

Four of five stars (with a heart).

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Foot-loose and fancy-free!

Well, the lady-folk of the household are off on a week-long Spring Break sun, surf, and school-searching trip to Southern California, leaving just me (and the cats) to take care of things.

IT'S PARTY TIME! WILD BACCHANALIA! STAYING UP ALL NIGHT AND -- -- no, wait ... I have my writing group tonight, then a job interview tomorrow. Well, need my rest, so minimal drinking and an early bed time.

Well, the next time, PARTY TIME! STRIP CLUBS! SEEDY BARS! INCREDI-- -- oh, huh, I'm having dinner with the father-in-law, who is similarly batching it this week.

Well, c'mon, surely there must be something WILD AND CRAZY I can do today to -- -- oh. Yeah, I wrote up that list of yardwork, and it really should be done today, or over the next few days.

Hmmm. Okay, well, maybe we'll have a ZANY AND LICENTIOUS TIME getting nine bags of mulch distributed, some sprinkler heads replaced, and then have some ibuprofin and a beer and some chili and tater tots for dinner. Maybe find something streaming that I haven't watched yet.

Yeah, y'know, that doesn't sound like a bad time at all.
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