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¨He´s a good guy¨

The President to the Director

¨I hope you  can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go..He

Is a good  guy¨

Take but degree ( the law*) away, untune that string  ,

and hark  what discord follows! Each thing meets

In mere oppugnancy . The bounded waters

Should lift  their bosoms higher than the shores,

And make a sop of all this solid globe.

Hating 62 million people

is not just wrong , but also could  be how  we ´ll  blow it . The way we  lose the next election.

The initial clause is  the most important one . The reason to do the right thing is , it´s the right thing.  But... it is nice to win. And immensely important to  those who will be desperately damaged while this nonsense continues.

Get ready for President Pence

Well I 'll start it.

5 30 pm today was the start of Trump´s ceasing to be President.

Theoretically if a powerful enough group of Republican Grandees got to him this could still be cut  off at the pass.

But that would have had to happen before 5 30 and it didn´t. No rational politician /human being would have issued this afternoon´s statement that the head of the FBI had to be fired because his handling of the Hillary email matter was unfair to her. That had to have been Trump´s own invention. 

Obamacare´s repeal/replacement

is now expected to pass  the house this week.

The devil is in the details of course, and those won´t be known until the senate acts , but I think the glass is half full.

We´ve now become a nation that believes  in  Government Health Care. Repeal without replace turned out to be a non-starter.  .  

A consequence is that from now on the health care debate won´t be about whether but   how .

At least some degree of Government responsibility will be a given. And most importantly some lives will be saved/improved as a result.


In the spring of 1953, we suddenly shifted from being occupiers to allies. In Bonn the US Representative was no longer High Commissioner, just an Ambassador.

And we were no longer required to wear our uniforms off duty but rather encouraged not to.

The personal consequence was that my contact with Eric rather than being mildly disapproved by the battery commander became a non-issue. That contact mostly consisted of Saturday nights drinking white wine at the main local bar, the University Club, or rather the German of that. University was something like Universitatis, and I haven't a clue what the word for Club was.

Close defeat in Kansas

The dem lost by about  53 to 46. In Nov the rep carried this  seat by about 30 points.

I was going to filibus......

...and I´m not going to yield to the gentleman from Kentucky until they drag me off the lecturn.

It was  always fundamentally undemocratic, for most of our history shifting what should have been the rights of the majority   to a self elected coterie not usually consisting of Jimmy Steward and his 95 best friends.One could claim it´s payback for Garland but when else fails try the truth:Chuck ¨called¨  McConnell who laid down  4 aces.


Donald was not born great

Nor did he achieve greatness.

But had greatness thrust upon him.


And he ducked.

Trump was not great

Nor achieved  greatness

But he had greatness thrust upon him


And he ducked.

The 2016 Paris Convention might have been the last chance to have a livable planet for Ivanka´s children. And 

not only is the loudmouthed tweeter blowing it but he thinks he  should take a bow for that. 



Trumpcare failed because....?

Sure , for a mixture reasons.

The Koch Brothers have wanted an outright repeal. End of story, And some of the Freedom Caucus presumably did too.  Maybe even because that´s what the Kochies wanted, 

And out of  whatever personal characteristic I want to  believe- and do- that  some Republicans are simply decent people who while marching in lock step were still   nursing a secret hope their team would fail. 

And , finally , some have the drunk the kool aid and believe the party line: That Ryancare would be an improvement. 


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