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.
Mar 5 Alden commented on Kent Sikh Man to Police: White Man Said "Go Back to Your Own Country" and Shot Me.
@17 Strom Thurmond led the Jim Crow segregationists out of the Democratic Party over 50 years ago. They have been Republicans ever since.
Mar 1 Alden commented on A Review of Trump’s First Address to Congress: A Fruit Loop Necklace of Nonsensical Words.
@12 If Trump actually gets a trillion bucks out of Congress for infrastructure spending, or manages to sign into law health care reform that works better than PP/ACA, or disentangles us from all those stupid wars in the middle east, I won't complain about it. In fact it would shut me right up.

But he won't do any of those things, so I can keep right on bitching, n/p.