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May 16 Brooklyn Reader commented on New York Times: Trump Personally Asked Comey to End the Flynn Investigation.
@4 In Trumpencistan, leaders don't go to prison. (Pay attention to those calling for jailing those patriots who tattle on the leaders to the public.) The GOP vermin in Congress are aiding and abetting these villains.
May 16 Brooklyn Reader commented on New York Times: Trump Personally Asked Comey to End the Flynn Investigation.
@3 More to the point, how long is it going to take to clean up the toxic cargo?
May 9 Brooklyn Reader commented on Trump Just Fired FBI Director James Comey.
There's little chance Trump would pick Rudy. There's only room for one major egomaniac in the Trump Administration. Rudy may act loyal, but given a chance, Trump knows he'd happily not only stab him in the back, but decapitate him for the pure glory of it.
May 4 Brooklyn Reader commented on New Republican Health Care Bill Likely to Pass: "A Sad Deadly Joke.".
@7, @9 There's a fifth option (the first four being: 1. Unregulated Private Insurance, 2. Regulated, Subsidized Private Insurance [e.g. PPACA], 3. Single Payer, 4. National Health Care), to wit, The Public Option.

The Public Option doesn't directly kill the private health care insurance industry. Even though it does so indirectly, it provides plenty of cover (Competition! Choice! America!). To flip that switch all you need do is add one sentence to the existing Medicare law: "The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shall annually set a community rate and allow those otherwise not eligible for Medicare to purchase coverage under the existing terms and conditions of the program."

Then the Republicans can repeal the PPACA (Obamacare) and allow the private health insurance industry to "compete" on their own terms.
Apr 7 Brooklyn Reader commented on We Just Bombed Syria.
@14 Yeah, but we just blew up Russia's favorite airfield in Syria. All the other places we bombed were NOT in Syrian government-held areas. This one was. In the process, we've effectively dissed Russia, which has been steadfastly supporting Assad.

Dice and slice that anyway you want, but I'm telling you, it can't be good for US-Russia relations, certainly not in the short term.
Apr 5 Brooklyn Reader commented on Is Steve Bannon's Removal from the National Security Council the Next Sign of a Soft Military Coup in the US?.
Putting a Machiavellian master political operative on the National Security Council is a move that only a Machiavellian master political operative would have thought of in the first place. There was no way the NSC could have fulfilled its mission while poisoned by Bannon's presence. Trump was embarrassed by his idiotic selection of that nutcase Flynn, so he pretty much had to go for someone considered "normal" in McMaster. That choice wasn't a military coup. As for McMaster, he is just doing a bit of housekeeping, taking out the trash, and putting things back in order -- nothing radical, just the way it was for decades before Flynn.

We can talk about a military coup, hard or soft, when Trump is taken out (hard or soft) by one of his former military appointees. Until then, maybe we can speak of them as a few voices of reason and people who know what they're doing in this White House infestation of bozos, cronies, royal offspring, newbies, and anarchistic saboteurs.
Mar 21 Brooklyn Reader commented on Trump Wants To Go To Mars, NASA Gets $19.5 Billion in Funding.
I don't even think we need more research. We've got everything we need right now to ship him off to Mars' surface. Fat as he is, he weighs a helluva lot less than the Mars Curiosity Rover. Pack him up in a space station cargo module with half a ton of frozen KFC and enough air for a couple of weeks and as far as I'm concerned, he could leave tomorrow. Just tell him if the air gets stale, he can open the window.
Mar 20 Brooklyn Reader commented on Today in Hard-Hitting Investigative Journalism: Is that Beer Really a Pint?.
@1 I was going to say something similar. Especially if you're drinking an English top-brewed beer or an IPA, only an Imperial pint glass is appropriate. And, yes, it is 20 ounces, but they're slightly smaller ounces. It's about 19 of our ounces.

By the way, a real imperial pint glass has an etched line and a little crown.
Mar 15 Brooklyn Reader commented on Fill Out the White House's Dumb Form: "Share Your Obamacare Disaster Story".
I don't even have Obamacare, and I can see how I've benefited from it. We have employer-provided insurance, and there have been several changes in coverage, all to the better, since the ACA was signed into law. My wife needed a follow-up colonoscopy. Totally covered! Her and my prior ones always involved a bunch of bills from anaesthesiologists, facility fees, and the doctor, usually at least $500 after insurance. She now gets a free visit to the gynecologist annually, besides our wellness visits (one free -- no copay) to our PCP. And, best of all, the damned monthly payment stopped going up by leaps and bounds, and we haven't had copay increases in several years now. And, providers haven't left our plan in years, either.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and declare that ALL health insurance has improved, or at least stopped getting progressively shittier, since the ACA went into effect. Repealing it would be a huge mistake.
Mar 15 Brooklyn Reader commented on The Morning News: Maddow's Trump Reveal, Wallingford Protests Upzone.
@11 Sadly, there's a good chance that Herr Drumpf leaked his own 1040 to prove what a great taxpayer he is. It also gave him a chance to attack MSNBC for scurrilously publishing it, thereby proving to his country trumpkins that he's the victim of an evil system and they need to destroy it and hail him as their Fuehrer.