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Even if you actually believe (without any merit whatsoever) that America is going to hell in a hand basket with shoot’em ups in every city, sexual predators behind every tree and libtards and feminazis scheming to gay marry everyone on the way to the abortion mills, this report on Trump’s terrible horrible no good very bad inauguration has to make you concerned.

Of course, if everything not glowingly positive about Trump is fake, then never mind.

Still, the guy seems very obsessed with his Nielsen ratings…

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  1. If the article is correct, he still hasn’t effectively mended fences with the intelligence community (IC hereafter).

    This means one of two things:

    (1) He actually has mended fences with the IC, but the IC understands that he is obliged to pretend otherwise, because his egghead-hating base–and “base” (the adjective) they are–sees the spies as un-“Amurkan” eggheads, and he must keep his base happy.

    (2) He actually is stupid.

    The IC would know many non-violent, legal ways to sabotage him. Maybe he thinks his lord and master buddy Putin can protect him from that, in which case we would witness the spectacle of a President of the USA relying more on the IC of an at least semi-hostile foreign power than on the IC of the USA.

    Strange days have found us…

  2. I miss Hillary so much. Every time he go ape on us I feel like screaming Hillary please save us. I am glad what he is doing to the media, hope he starts assassination squads on them. If he wants I can help with the list.

    • I am glad what he is doing to the media, hope he starts assassination squads on them. If he wants I can help with the list.

      *Moves away from Ownaa at Warp 8* 😮

    • Yes, I even miss the horrible campaign because at least we got to see Hillary talking about her positive agenda.

  3. I said I miss Hillary, That’s a good excuse. Tell me you never felt that way during and before the election.

    • I do miss her. But we have to face the reality that we are on our own and it’s up to us to get our s}#% together.
      If we cannot find a way, no one will.

  4. The irony is that Nielsen ratings are really, really unreliable. Unlike pre-election & exit polls which are meticulously calibrated for representative sampling and methodology and past error margins, etc., and then compared to hundreds of other polls for calibration, Nielsen is the ONLY player in the ratings game.

    They measure ‘real-time’ & ‘+3 days’ viewerships, in 0.02% of all households, which are selected mainly for demographic representation and not psychographic representation (i.e. a 40 year old married urban mother is seen as representative of 40 year old married urban mothers, without accounting for whether she is “republican” or “democrat”, or more “reality TV mom” vs “Whole-foods crunchy granola mom”. Demographic categories are good but only to a point, psychographic and behavioral factors are a *lot* more predictive. They weren’t used when Nielsen started because it was so much harder to measure behavior. That’s not true not AT ALL.

    Second, hardly anyone watches television shows in the way they measure. And Nielsen has started including some measures of digital viewership but again those are as flawed as their cable/network measures. They don’t include Netflix and Amazon streaming.

    TL;DR As with everything else, The Donald, his context, his battles, his goals, his measures, everything about him is stuck in the 80s (all except Russia).

  5. In England, there is always an opposition party and that party has a specified leader. You may not like the leader, but he or she is there until the party replaces the person.. At least there is some kind or organized opposition and spokesperson.

    Here, it doesn’t work that way. The Democrats have no organizational leader. Head of the DNC doesn’t do it. We have no one heading any committee in Senate or House. Demonstrations are heartening, but we desperately need votes, and to have them counted I am assuming that every horrible plan and policy that the Republicans want, will be passed, because who can stop it? Unless of course tens of millions of people stand in the street and block everything, all the fracking machines and all the closures of national parks, and the airplanes with pesticides which the new Sec; of Agriculture is going to send over every field in America. Failing that, we need a massive electoral victory in 2018, even though we defend most of the Senate seats. Everything must be organized (by somebody or other) toward that end. Voter IDs must be purchased for those who can’t or won’t get them. People must stand in line for five hours, if necessary, to vote. The Democrats must control sufficient statehouses by 2020 to redistrict. If the Republicans have anything close to what they have now after 2020, the electoral system is broken forever in this country, and we have a permanent oligarchy. Rather than these stupid battles that the Left wages about ideology, it must all be channeled into voting. Does anyone have the slightest faith in Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders leading any effective Democratic resurgence? I absolutely do not. And I certainly don’t have the slightest respect for the likes of Michael Moore trying to tell everyone what they should do or believe. Anyone else likely to try to step up? Can it be done state by state without any national leadership?

  6. I’m very monastic today. Need some Hildegard von Bingen.

  7. I have no words.

    • I liked her better when she was stuck overnight in a freaky house with her wimpy boyfriend, Tim Curry in drag and Meatloaf.

  8. So,some heartening news for those who are worried about the translation of marches to action. A Penn. Dem said on MSNBC today,that they’re never seen so many people at their Dem organizational meetings,many first time people.
    My personal belief is that the DNC should follow Hillary’s approach and instigate a nation wide,fifty state listening tour cycling all their big time names through various states,focusing on the Rust Belt.Tell people ,you said we didn’t listen,well here we are.Rent some RVs,go to grocery stores ,bars,PTA meetings.
    Our society is so isolated and so called social media hasn’t much helped.People need/value face to face.Also might be a way for Hillary to get back into the fray..she’s never been one to avoid the Lion’s Den.

    Oh and Shadow,no one likes to be told to shut up;understood completely you stepping away. One of my favorite sayings is that I’m not”morally obligated to be abused.” Don’t know about you,but at my age,I’m pretty selective about which battles I fight and with who.Doesn’t mean I don’t eventually re-engage,but only when I’m ready and on my terms.These are hard times and it’s easy to get thrown.

    • I like this!

      I have no idea what you are referring to with shadow but I’m glad to have company.

    • Yup Msdsal, I don’t take abuse from anyone…and I don’t abuse others either. The more difficult part is leaving long term friends behind. I had to do that at Big Pink. Luckily there are several PUMAs around to bond with. Thanks for your kind words.

    • Tom Perez who is running for head of the DNC is going on a listening tour. So there’s at least one who is.

  9. Hillary Clinton plots her next move

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — In a series of private meetings and phone calls at their home in Chappaqua, in New York City and in Washington, Bill and Hillary Clinton are slowly starting to puzzle through their political future, according to over a dozen people who have spoken directly with them, and nearly two dozen other Democrats who have been briefed on their thinking.
    The recently vanquished candidate has told some associates she’s looking at a spring timeline for mapping out some of her next political steps. Still recovering from her stunning loss, a political return is far from the top of Clinton’s mind, with much of her planning focused around the kinds of projects she wants to take on outside the partisan arena, like writing or pushing specific policy initiatives.
    Just as the Democratic Party feels its way through a landscape without either Clinton looming over its future for the first time in nearly a quarter century, Clinton herself is working through the uncertainty surrounding how to best return to the fold.
    There have been no conversations about starting her own political group but Clinton has spoken with leaders of emerging Democratic-leaning organizations about their work, and has discussed possible opportunities to work with Organizing For Action, former President Barack Obama’s initiative. Among the potential political priorities she has mentioned to associates are building pipelines for young party leaders to rise and ensuring that a reconstructed Democratic National Committee functions as an effective hub that works seamlessly with other party campaign wings.
    The one-time secretary of state has been in contact with a range of ex-aides, studying presentations as she tries to better understand the forces behind her shocking November defeat.
    Included among those presentations has been a series of reports pulled together by her former campaign manager Robby Mook and members of his team, who have updated her not just on data and polling errors, but also on results among segments of the electorate where she underperformed, according to Democrats familiar with the project.

    “She understands that a forensic exam of the campaign is necessary, not only for her, but for the party and other electeds, and for the investors in the campaign,” said a close Hillary Clinton friend in Washington who, like several others, declined to speak on the record because their conversations with one or both Clintons were private. “People want to know that their investment was treated with respect, but that their mistakes wouldn’t be repeated.”
    For his part, Bill Clinton has spent considerable time poring over precinct-level results from the 2016 race while meeting with and calling longtime friends to rail against FBI Director James Comey’s late campaign intervention and Russia’s involvement, say a handful of Democrats who have spoken with him.
    “Many Democratic politicians have been personally influenced or share direct ties to President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, or both. That history goes back decades,” said Mack McLarty, Bill Clinton’s first White House chief of staff and a lifelong friend, predicting their eventual return to the scene. “And, despite the grave disappointment, resilience is in the Clintons’ DNA. So, while I certainly don’t expect to see them trying to assert their authority, I think there will be natural and welcome opportunities for them to engage.”
    more…
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/hillary-clinton-plans-future-234018

    • I hope they do reengage. They know how to create a winning map and coalition focused around issues unlike Obama who made it all about himself.

    • Shadow:
      (((hugs)))
      It’s been very difficult and emotional for all of us…
      And sometimes it’s taking out the best of us…

      • ((Bellecat)) back at cha. Emotional toll, absolutely. We all don’t have to agree, especially on politics…but we all have to draw a red line at the cost of continued communication.

        Glad to hear you are still reminding everyone of Hillary’s 2.88 million win over Der Douche. 😉

  10. RD your comment about how we can’t expect Hillary to fix things for us now, we have to do it ourselves.

    Although our Hillary will never give up, she may have to lead from the sidelines now, (damn it all to Hell!!)…and it is up to us to keep fighting.

    I was thinking about this while at the march on Saturday. Most of the people were young women and when they thanked me for coming…(I am Hillary’s age), I thanked them for being there in force. I said, “I will not be around to see a woman, especially someone as qualified as Hillary become President, but when my generation of feminists are gone, it is up to your generation to keep fighting for our rights. Never give up no matter how bad it gets with Trump. We can’t expect someone to do it for us, together we are all stronger.”

    It’s been 240 years of fighting…and Hillary made it even more possible.

    I miss Hillary like heck…

    • So do I. What happened was a gross miscarriage of universal righteousness. I don’t know how else to describe it. This outcome shouldn’t have happened.

      • I agree. I will never get over this…

        Even if they find out Russia tampered with election, either votes or Electoral College…the fighting GOP will never let her be President.

        I am so glad I was finally able to meet her and hold her hand, and tell her how proud I was of her, during the primary. It is a travesty what happened to her. Will women in decades to come wonder why no one did anything to fix the problem so she could become President. Will they ever know how much we try, and try and cry…

      • Fraud and treason…

    • If Trump was not so abysmally bad, a danger all around to civil society, and an existential threat to America as we know it (did I sound enough alarms, heh), we would feel her loss and the gross injustice of it all even more. We don’t have time to be depressed. Let us get this mfer impeached and put in jail. Latest: his daughter is hawking an app that has Russian fingerprints and tracks people — are they all treasonous in that family?

      • I don’t think the GOP will ever impeach him. We can work towards other things though and that is taking back state houses and winning some seats in the house in 2018.

        • We have to educate ourselves on this Russia connection and keep the pressure on all congress critters. Journalists are not helping us. There are many credible twitter warriors piecing things together and follow them and learn. It is a money laundering, organized crime, and espionage intersection with Russia and Trump and has major national security implications. If we look the other way and let them off the hook, there won’t be any elections to work for. This is way worse than Nixon.

          • I have heard numerous people who actually know about this kind of thing say it is worse than Watergate. You know, the GOP is spilling the beans to the press about how terrible Trump is. Josh Marshall says this NEVER happens at the beginning of a president’s term. Makes me wonder if they don’t know the Russian thing is a problem and they’re trying to have Trump declared insane or mentally ill before the whole Russian thing blows up and engulfs the entire party. I don’t see how Pence would be able to keep the Russian thing from exploding all over then though. He’s got to be on it too since he was part of the campaign.

      • …are they all treasonous in that family?

        ——
        They are definately in bed with Russia with businesses and loans…at least.

        Will never show us his Income Taxes…because he has something big he is hiding.

  11. The next march is planned for Saturday April 15th. Tax day. Demand Trump’s taxes. Tax day is Monday April 18, but the March is on the 15th.

  12. Now that Douche has effed up OCare, do we still need to fill out where we have healthcare, for the IRS? I got my form in the mail yesterday.

    I don’t plan to pay my taxes until the last day, or if America joins together, I won’t pay them at all, just like the new Alt-president.

  13. GOP split over Medicaid imperils Obamacare plans
    Republicans want to cut costs, return control to states and keep people covered — a near impossibility.

    Top GOP lawmakers and President Donald Trump are coalescing around a plan to turn Medicaid over to the states as part of their Obamacare replacement. But the push is already driving a wedge between congressional Republicans and could gum up the repeal process altogether.

    Conservatives have long called for block-granting Medicaid, which would cap spending and give states direct control over the program that provides health care coverage for low-income Americans. That goal is finally within reach now that Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House.

    But divisions over how to do it are already causing tension. At the crux of the matter is an impossible task set forth by Trump: In recent interviews he has said he wants to block-grant Medicaid funding to the states but also ensure the roughly 11 million people who received coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion do not lose it.

    Those two things are fundamentally at odds with each other because block grants are widely viewed as likely to result in sweeping cuts in government-subsidized health insurance for the poor. The mixed signals to the Hill are making it hard for lawmakers to get on the same page and coalesce around a plan.

    Some, like Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), whose state expanded Medicaid under Obamacare to cover 60,000 Montanans, say it’s important that low-income individuals not lose the help they currently receive.

    “I’m not seeing any proposal or discussion around a replacement that doesn’t address the fact that we’ve got to take care of these folks that have expanded Medicaid,” Daines said.

    Contrast that with House Budget Vice Chairman Todd Rokita, a strong advocate of block granting.

    “Medicaid is among the top three drivers of our debt,” the Indiana Republican said. “It’s unfair for the citizens of tomorrow to bear the burden through our debt load for the health care of today’s poor, and it’s especially not fair for them to pay for [able-bodied adults] who otherwise should be making their own way.”

    How to handle Medicaid is one of the most pressing issues on the Hill: Republicans can’t repeal Obamacare until they figure out what to do with Medicaid, given that GOP lawmakers from expansion states are worried about what’s going to happen to their constituents.

    Trump’s ambiguous signals about how he wants to proceed will likely come up at the GOP retreat in Philadelphia this week. In the meantime, White House officials and Hill leaders are looking into whether they can tuck Medicaid reforms into the fast-track Obamacare repeal bill set to pass both chambers in March or April.

    If Republicans can figure out how to reform Medicaid using the so-called budget reconciliation procedure, they won’t need Democratic help. If they can’t, they will need the support of at least eight Democrats to get 60 votes in the Senate, a task that’s likely to prove impossible.

    more…

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/medicaid-overhaul-republicans-234049

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