8:26 AM Alden commented on Congress Votes on Giving Away Your Internet Privacy Today.
Freedom yes, but for WHOM? To do WHAT?
Mar 24 Alden commented on Kshama Sawant and Other Jill Stein Supporters Must Know That Trumpcare's Demise Is Not a Real Victory.
@3 I don't think anybody of political consequence (i.e. votes that democrats might get) will think Trumpcare would have been better. Here's the first poll on AHCA public opinion that came up in google: http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Rasmusse… Note that this is a Rasmussen poll being frontpaged at Newsmax.

There was never any substantial support for this bill, or hope that it would be "better" than PP/ACA.

This was an unmitigated disaster for Paul Ryan's lifetime quest to undo the Great Society and New Deal. They' won't get another shot at Medicaid like this one for a generation. How it pans out for Trump, who knows. He's demonstrated, pretty decisively, that he is useless for legislative efforts. All that's left for him is to play golf, make a fool of himself at state dinners and rake in hundreds of millions in graft through his companies. The nation can endure that just fine.
Mar 20 Alden commented on Make Sure Your MAGA-Hat Wearing Relatives Watch This.
People talk about these matters as if bumming out the denizens of Breitbart comment threads is a matter of political consequence.

It won't be Trump Superfans that drive Donald Trump from office in 3 years and change.
Mar 19 Alden commented on Watching Trump Get Punked By Foreign Leaders Would Be Funnier If It Weren't So Sad.
If Donald Trump wants to know if the intelligence services tapped his wires at Trump Tower, all he has to do is pick up the phone and ask them - he's their boss. Or is the idea that the "globalist deep state" is loyal to Obama so the NSA et. al. would lie to him?

So ridiculous that people are even having this conversation. "concept of Obama tapping Trump's phones or those of his campaign workers is well within the realm of possibility" my ass.
Mar 17 Alden commented on The Morning News: A Possible Explanation for Why Many Rural Whites Voted for a Man Who Is Going to Make Their Lives More Miserable, US Shops For a War.
@21 It was "supporters took him seriously but not literally while elites took him literally but not seriously". Peter Thiel (noted libertarian futurist vampire) originated this epigram, for what that's worth.
Mar 16 Alden commented on Hawaii Judge Freezes Trump's Travel Ban 2.0 Nationwide; Immigrant Rights Advocates Wait to Hear from Seattle Judge.
Every time Trump steps on a rake, his fans add another dimension to his chess game to account for it.

Hey Jefferson, do you ever worry that Trump's game is operating at a level that even you can't detect, much less comprehend?
Mar 15 Alden commented on The Morning News: Maddow's Trump Reveal, Wallingford Protests Upzone.
@7 I don't think that follows - underutilized property, like derelict commercial or ratty old houses will go up. But people aren't going to tear down near-million-dollar prewar craftsman bungalows and replace them with danish prison duplexes. And then a crucial component of the value of that near-million-dollar bungalow is that all the houses around it are near-million-dollar prewar bungalows rather than danish prison duplexes.

The whole purpose of up-zoning is to increase supply which will drive costs down. And a crucial compone
Mar 15 Alden commented on Maddow Says She Has "Trump Tax Returns" (UPDATE: They're From 2005—Now Let's Watch Maddow Together!).
RED HOT TAKE INCOMING: Reince Priebus leaked the 1040 in order to distract Donald Trump from Comey's report. Better to have Trump making demented tweets about Rachel Maddow than the FBI.
Mar 8 Alden commented on Trump Administration Withdraws Appeal of Federal Court's Decision on Travel Ban.
@5 The president has rather broad authority in this area and there isn't much (apart from legislation) anyone can do to stop him so long as he does it with due process and in an non-discriminatory manner.

This second ban either conforms to those standards or it doesn't.

Mar 7 Alden commented on This Amazing Sign Just Appeared on the Fence Surrounding the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station.
@21 haha, I need to start keeping a list of all the people (other than Republcian Voters) who are to blame for Donald Trump.