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Mar 12 Brooklyn Reader commented on Preet Bharara to Trump: Fuck You, I Won't Do What You Tell Me.
@13 It's an issue precisely because Bharara's district is big on prosecuting corporate malfeasance and political corruption and the Trump Organization is headquartered in it. It's an issue because during the transition, Trump made personal assurances to Bharara that he was staying on. So, what changed? Did Trump get wind of an investigation implicating him? The suspicion is that all 46 US Attorneys were summarily dismissed, clear out your desk by end of day, precisely to cut off whatever Preet was up to without making it obvious that it was all about him. It's still pretty obvious, though.
Mar 12 Brooklyn Reader commented on Preet Bharara to Trump: Fuck You, I Won't Do What You Tell Me.
Let's say Bharara was fired because the Trump team wanted to squelch any possibility of a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization (and hence, Trump) on Federal charges. Can a state district attorney pursue the same charges or is (s)he pre-empted by the DOJ?
Mar 9 Brooklyn Reader commented on Would Someone Please Explain to Paul Ryan How This "Insurance" Stuff Works?.
@11 Medicare has ridiculously low overhead costs, a couple percent. Minimal salaries, no marketing, no CEOs, no shareholder/investors needing dividends. Commercial health insurance companies have huge overheads, which including the 20% profit they're allowed to take, is something over 40%. In other words, of every $10 you pay in premiums, the companies only pay out about $6 for medical bills. It's an industry, a huge one. Medicare-for-all would kill it, and that's one reason the Republicans will never let that happen.

Never too early to get to work on those 2018 Congressional races. Just saying.
Mar 9 Brooklyn Reader commented on Would Someone Please Explain to Paul Ryan How This "Insurance" Stuff Works?.
The Republican Party is one big conspiracy. Their object is to get Americans to give up anything and everything that gives them comfort or protection that isn't profitable to the Party's supporters. They will make everything in your life more expensive, more dangerous, or more inconvenient if it will bring them power and make their friends richer.
Mar 9 Brooklyn Reader commented on Trump's Plan: Pass Nothing, Sabotage the ACA, Let Americans Die, Blame Obama.
@7 Would that it were that simple. The latest post-electoral analysis seems to indicate that age is not as much a differentiation as culture, and the culture of younger white, high-school-educated flyover-country denizens is about the same as their parents. Nascar, Nashville, rodeo, xenophobe, Evangelicals are breeding more of the same. Dem hopes for the future have centered around the high birth rates of Hispanics, but considering the numbers converting to Evangelicals, I'm not so sure anymore.
Feb 24 Brooklyn Reader commented on The Week in Weed: Trump Declares War on Pot, Weed Goes Nuclear, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg talk 'Greenery'.
"States Rights," when it comes to abandoning protections for trans kids.

"States Rights, what's that? Never heard of it," when it comes to legalized weed.

Feb 17 Brooklyn Reader commented on The Morning News: Trump is the Ebola of Politics, GOP State Senator Dinosaur Rossi Wants Darkness to Fall on Light Rail.
Unlike Ebola, bewilderingly, Trump has aficionados. That seems even a worse disease.

As for the National Guard idea, there is no way that doesn't run smack-dab into the Posse Comitatus Act. Once you federalize the Army National Guard, whatever exception might have existed disappears. And, as for state governors calling them up for that purpose, that won't wash, because it's a strictly reserved federal function, Immigration.
Feb 8 Brooklyn Reader commented on And Then They Came for Nordstrom....
@35 I think you're missing the point. Which is:

@36 Aaaand... They were mostly trafficking in his "luxurious" aura in the first place. The more he spoils it by being a very public petulant, insecure crybaby, and unbelievably thin-skinned bully, the less value there's going to be in the name. They never really made that name for themselves. They've just been travelers on his.
Feb 8 Brooklyn Reader commented on And Then They Came for Nordstrom....
After she hawked her bracelet after showing it off while sitting in with PresDad's meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister, I think that's what soured it with her potential customer base. Tacky. Not classy.

And once you sour that image, sales primarily based on that image rather than substance, are going to go down. Retailers aren't so excited to stock stuff that isn't selling.

If it was just Nordstroms, you might have some sort of argument that it was retaliatory for something or other, but I don't see any other department stores clamoring to pick up the line.
Feb 7 Brooklyn Reader commented on Senate Confirms Betsy DeVos, Biggest Threat to Public Schools Since the Flu that Went Around Last Month.
I'd ask somebody to explain it to me, but I suspect it's largely inexplicable. Aren't Trump supporters the ones most likely to be livid/agitated about "Obamaphones" (the GW Bush expansion of the Lifeline Phone program to cellphones)? If they can't stand the idea that someone is getting "free cellphones" (which are not free, merely subsidized to the tune of $9.25 a month), how are they going to tolerate black and brown people getting "free private school?"