Humpty Trumpty Built a Great Wall

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From Capt. Fogg at Human Voices:

“But now the big banks are back in the party, pushing for Hillary Clinton to beat Donald Trump.”

Writes Bill Moyers and if you’re like most people, seeking signs and marshaling facts to back up your emotionally derived and factless delusions, you’ll read that as evidence she will be controlled by that nebulous straw man “wall street.”

Didn’t really work all the other times financial interests contributed to other candidates, and of course no matter how much some brokerage house gave her, we don’t know how much they gave to others, do we? And of course the only reason people heavily involved in managing the wealth of nations would contribute is because she’s a patsy, right?

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Trump A Lump!

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From Max’s Dad:

He was here and spoke in an airplane hangar to anywhere from 1600 to 3500 bad jointed waddling olds and bad brained bigots. Or in Trump math, 10,000 enthusiastic supporters.

Introduced by our talking hard boiled egg Governor, or as the clueless Trump emcee called him, Senator Pete Ricketts, Trump carried on about this and that, more specifically Bobby Knight to Florida golf to Trump steaks to flying to Mars. I have no idea what he was talking about because it was like listening to Abe Simpson yammer on about an onion on his belt. Yay!!!!!!!

Trump, who never ever uses a teleprompter (gee really?) like that Obummer does, in his latest attempt to not sound like a straw haired sociopath, actually looked at a notebook to act outraged over a tragedy that occurred here in Omaha months ago.

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How Trump Might Just Destroy the World Economy

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Raymond: Starting each day at this site will advance mental health.

From Iron Knee at Political Irony:

If you were worried about whether Donald Trump would destroy our economy, you don’t have to worry any more. In an interview last week on CNBC, Trump explained how he was going to destroy our economy. Bonus points: he will not just destroy our economy, but likely most of the world economy.

Don’t believe me?

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Trump Can’t Win? Really?

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From nojo at Stinque:

And here we are.

We weren’t supposed to be here — we were punditsplained for months how this was not merely unlikely, but totally impossible — but anybody paying attention could see it happening, almost from the start.

Really: Calling John McCain a loser because he was a POW? And getting away with it? Put away your statistical analysis, nerds. We’re in uncharted territory here.

And yet, since Donald Trump won Indiana Tuesday night, we’ve been treated to a barrage of new assurances that It Can’t Happen Here. And you’ll forgive us if we’re in no hurry to pop the champagne.

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The Genesis of the Internet as We Know It

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From Dorian de Wind at The Moderate Voice:

During my last couple of years in the U.S. Air Force, I was in charge of a team of communications software engineers developing new (“store and forward”) military message switching systems.

At the time, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was fully engaged in developing and implementing the ARPANET, a communications system based on packet switching technology and using what became the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) communications protocols, both of which in effect became the technical foundation for what we now know as the Internet.

Our team studiously followed the development of the ARPA network and its packet switching technology, well aware that it would eventually replace the more traditional circuit switching and message switching technology.

It was my first contact with DARPA and ever since then the amazing talent and breathtaking scientific and technical accomplishments at DARPA have awed me.

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Bernie, Cars, and Ending Funding Corruption

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From Jerry Wolfe at Dog Bless Us One And All:

I was thinking earlier today about how progress can advance some things while making others fall to the back of the pack, or disappear completely from the scene.

Picture the maker of buggy whips back in the day and what went through his mind as he watched the first car, a horseless carriage in the vernacular, drive by him while he was standing outside his shop slapping his hand with his product.

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Sanders’ Quackery: ‘Climate Change Causes Terrorism’

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From libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

Bernie Sanders has been making the claim that climate change causes terrorism. As The Hill reports:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday [11/15/15] reiterated his claim that climate change will lead to terrorism by destabilizing regions affected by droughts, floods, and other natural disasters.

Yea, right! I guess Sanders didn’t see the news accounts of the Paris attacks. When Islamic terrorists attacked Paris, they yelled “God is Great.” Not, “It’s too damn hot.” What was he thinking?

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The Trump Problem

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From Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged:

The Morning Joe team is so known for their velvet-glove treatment of Donald Trump that Larry Wilmore made a colorful joke about it at the White House Press Correspondents’ Dinner–so it’s actually kind of a howler for Joe Scarborough to say now that he just can’t support Donald Trump unless he “changes his tune”:

“I gotta say I was surprised and disappointed … that yesterday, he stuck by the Muslim ban. That’s a loser. It’s a loser with the majority of Americans. And you’ve got Republicans like me. I just, I’m not going to vote for a guy” like that, Scarborough said, according to Politico.

Well, sure. But wouldn’t it have been better to just be a little bit surprised and disappointed the first time he said it?

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Medicaid Expansion Strikes Out Again

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From Wisconsin conservative James Wigderson, guest writing for the MacIver Institute:

It’s no surprise, but it should be, that state Senator Jon Erpenbach has come out in favor of a bill to reset the clock on the Obamacare subsidy of Medicaid. In an op-ed last week, Erpenbach joins his fellow Democrat Tammy Baldwin in supporting the States Achieve Medicaid Expansion (SAME) Act.

The bill, unlikely to pass in a Republican-controlled congress, would allow states that decide now to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty line to receive the same levels of subsidy received by states that did the Obamacare expansion in 2014. Under Obamacare, states that agreed to expand Medicaid coverage received 100 percent reimbursement from the federal government in the first year and then the subsidy declines to 90 percent in 2017.

Wisconsin did not accept the federal funds for the Medicaid expansion. Instead, Governor Scott Walker and the legislature changed the state’s Medicaid program, Badgercare, by covering everyone underneath the federal poverty line.

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