23 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-28-17

  1. Ben Shapiro on Moore’s win:

    I actually think Shapiro sold Trump short. Trump was not just a continuation of the Tea Party’s attack on the Republican Establishment. The Tea Party attacked the Establishment from the Right. Trump attacked the Establishment from the Economically Illiterate. If that is now “the Right”, we really are in trouble.

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  2. Re: Tax Reform:

    The good news: Unlike on healthcare, Trump did a semi-competent rollout and showed he has at least some grasp of the relevant issues.

    The bad news: I would argue the plan is not really tax reform. It creates a new lower rate for owners of partnerships and LLCs. That would be great for me and my clients, but I don’t think it is fair, and it goes against one of the great principles of Reagan’s 1986 Tax Reform: Treat all forms of income equally. This is one of many parts of the proposal that favors the wealthy. I don’t think the bill is going anywhere.


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  3. A couple of corrections to Wilson’s article: Ward Bond played a Yankee in Gone With the Wind and James Coburn played a one-armed Yankee in Major Dundee.


  4. Trump is wrong about this. All it does is make it harder for people with a legitimate need. It will do nothing to stem the wave of heroin addiction sweeping the country. It’s a huge problem around here, mostly among the younger crowd, who never took pain killers. Pain killers aren’t the reason or driving force behind the heroin epidemic, heroin is. Twenty somethings around here aren’t looking for oxcy, they want heroin.

    And now people who are actually in need will bear the added cost of more frequent doctor visits, and more pain causing trips to get it as well.

    Cracking down on smugglers and dealers would be a much more fruitful response. This is a joke.


    “New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held the third formal meeting of President Trump’s ongoing Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis, where officials in the pharmaceutical industry and government detailed new partnerships and efforts in the hopes of limiting the use of opioid prescriptions for combatting pain and recommending new treatments for pain management without the use of addictive substances.

    National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins advised the commission that the agency is looking to build partnerships with researchers across academia, government, prescribers and patients to “cut in half the time needed to make available prescriptions that are non-addictive.”

    “PhRMA CEO Stephen J. Ubl also announced another significant step in the effort to curb the abuse of opioid prescriptions, telling the commission that the company will support limiting the supply of opioids to 7 days, as opposed to the traditional 30-day supply for short-term pain management and minor treatments.

    “Over-prescribing can lead to excess pills falling into the wrong hands,” said Ubl. He added, “given scope of this crisis, we believe it’s the right thing to do.”

    Ubl called it a “candidly an unprecedented step for the industry” and commended the efforts of the Trump administration for being comitted to making a maximum effort to the public health emergency.

    Christie applauded the effort by PhRMA, calling the crisis a “prevention measure as much as anything else to make sure we don’t turn people into addicts inadvertently.”

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  5. I agree, AJ. That is only going to hurt people who truly need the help of prescription pain killers, & may actually lead them to search out the illegal ones, compounding the problem.

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  6. I recently read something interesting, that the legalization of marijuana actually helped to fuel the rise in opium addiction. The drug cartels could no longer make money off of marijuana so they turned to opium. Heroin is relatively inexpensive. Something to think about?


  7. Ricky Weaver, just about everyone I know will be voting for Doug Jones (D) for Alabama Senator in the election. I know I will be.

    Oh, and regarding Moore’s brandishing of a pistol in Fairhope on Monday night, the Fairhope Police Department looked into arresting him, but it occurred on private property even though it was in a crowd. I also don’t know a gun owner who thought that was a clever move. Only an idiot or a drunk person would do something so stupid with a gun, loaded or not.

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  8. Of course they did. It wasn’t part of the narrative they were trying to push.

    But they failed anyway.


    “Aesthetics are everything to a message, and it wouldn’t do well if the networks showed the NFL kneelers — the media’s latest favorite fad — receiving boos and disapproving shouts while it was going on.

    That’s why networks ordered camera crews that were filming Sunday and Monday’s NFL games to avoid shots of the angry crowds insider sources told Michael McCarthy of Sporting News:

    One behind-the-scenes TV staffer at another stadium told Sporting News that camera operators were ordered to avoid crowd shots in case they showed fans counterprotesting the protests.

    NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN pay billions each year to televise live NFL games. The league saw this weekend’s unprecedented anthem coverage as a golden opportunity to demonstrate unity among players, coaches and owners — and opposition to Trump’s comments.
    Of course, in today’s era, when everyone and their dog has a camera that can display anything to everyone at that very moment, that “golden opportunity to demonstrate unity” narrative was bound to collapse faster than a house of cards in a wind tunnel.

    What really went on in the stadium during Sunday’s game can be clearly seen thanks to a video by the Associated Press. Fans can be heard booing loudly as players knelt or sat during the anthem. Shouts of “stand up” can also be heard.”


  9. Huh. And yet some still want to blame Trump for not being “engaged” on the matter.


    “SENATE DEMOCRATS AND their progressive allies spent the last week and a half in a full-blown mobilization against an existential threat to the Affordable Care Act.

    Now that it has fizzled out, the lead author of the measure, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, has an admission to make: He had no clue what he was doing.

    “It’s been the most amazing journey of my life. I’ve taken the eye off the ball on terrorism, I’m just amazed the whole planet hasn’t crumbled because I wasn’t on it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of the weeks he’s spent leading the health care repeal effort.

    Toward the end of the senator’s bid to rewrite the health care system, as the mirage of the bill’s momentum began to be exposed, the typically charming and witty Graham began to turn acidic in the halls of the Senate, denouncing colleagues in both parties who were objecting to his legislation. “I’m speaking English, right?” he snapped at one reporter.

    But now that it’s over, the old Graham is back and more than willing to laugh at how improbable it was that a national security expert briefly held the national limelight as a supposed health policy wonk.

    Graham, though, said he was not alone in his lack of understanding of health care. “Nobody in our conference believes Obamacare works. It must be replaced. But until now, we didn’t know how to do it,” Graham told reporters in the Capitol on Tuesday, audio of which is posted below.

    A reporter pointed out that such ignorance at this late stage is hard to understand. “You’ve been working to overhaul this for seven years. Why is this so hard?” she asked.

    “Well, I’ve been doing it for about a month. I thought everybody else knew what the hell they were talking about, but apparently not,” Graham clarified, adding he had assumed “these really smart people will figure it out.””


  10. Trump was/is a much better choice than Hillary. She was/is a crook. Breathe through one nostril…

    Where does Doug Jones stand on abortion?
    Is Doug Jones a Democrat?


  11. Of course, there are so many conflicting reports & studies. The ones I mentioned above have been shared by a man who is an expert on statistics, & has often commented about how studies & statistics can be skewed, so I usually trust, with still a little grain of salt (as with everything these days), the things he shares.

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  12. Roy’s a bit of a drama queen. That’s what the horse riding to vote and the gun as a prop were. And of course it will be used as evidence that he’s a hick. See below.


    “Moore brandished the gun while refuting allegations by Senator Luther Strange’s campaign that he was “soft” on his support of the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms.

    “I believe in the Second Amendment,” said Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who has been twice removed from the bench for past social crusades. “It hurts to see that I’m soft on guns. Soft? I don’t know what that means. I will fight for you.”

    He received a loud ovation inside a rustic barn at Oak Hollow Farm, which is south of downtown Fairhope.”

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  13. Bob,

    Since you asked….


    “This is the guy whom Dems are hoping will pull an inside straight and bump off Mr. Social Conservative in … Alabama.

    It was thoughtful of him to go all-in on late-term abortion this early in the campaign. Now the DSCC and other major left-wing groups can save their money instead of wasting it. Alas, the poor deluded grassroots progressive donors probably won’t be deterred.

    “I am a firm believer that a woman should have the freedom to choose what happens to her own body, and I’m going to stand up for that and I’m going to make sure that that continues to happen,” Jones said…

    “You wouldn’t be in favor of legislation that said ban abortion after 20 weeks, or something like that?” Todd asked.

    “No, I’m not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose,” Jones said. “That’s just the position that I’ve had for many years, it’s the position I continue to have.”

    He opposes the Hyde Amendment barring public funding of abortion too. This must be a matter of deep fanaticism, er, political conviction for him, as it’s bananas to take the most extreme possible pro-abortion line in Alabama. And it’s doubly bananas when Democrats are planning to portray Moore as extreme on social issues himself. The first time Doug Jones claims Moore is “out of the mainstream,” guess what Moore’s going to say back.”

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  14. I can tell you no one I know took Moore’s theatrics lightly. I can also tell you that I and everyone I know are voting for Doug Jones. Moore if a buffoon. I live in this state. Trust me over whatever you read.

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  15. Ricky — our current Liberal PM is attempting to treat all income the same and is under constant attack by doctors, farmers and corporations. Not a big fan of Trudeau but he’s right here and i must admit I’m impressed he’s willing to take on these groups.

    NFL — perhaps the fans were booing the camera men who also were on their knees during the anthem.

    Legalize all drugs and treat addiction as a public health problem not a criminal issue. Its the Portuguese approach and it works.

    Christie has a point. If you attach a profit motive to drug sales you will have an over prescription problem.

    The Republican party had seven years to figure out health care. Their failure may be due to a lack of interest or care. After all, they have their health care.

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  16. HRW, I don’t know if you and Roscuro can get PBS. If you can, I think you would really enjoy Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War. The last episode was on tonight. Burns is really the John Ford of documentaries. Lyndon Johnson was the biggest villain of the piece, but there was a lot of blame to go around.


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