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Wednesday: He’s baaaacck

Harvey made landfall– again- this morning along the Texas Louisiana border. Up to 12 more inches of rain predicted.


Podcasts to listen to this week:

The “Revolting” Administration from Trumpcast- senior administration officials are publicly distancing themselves from Trump, signifying something. Hmmm….

Harvey Tests Trump from the data analysts at FiveThirtyEight Politics.

Donald Trump vs The Congressional GOP from Vox. Warning: Matt Yglesias has the WORST vocal fry ever. {{cringeworthy}}


PM found a tweet about how some lawmakers working on tax reform are planning to tax our 401Ks up front to pay for corporate tax cuts. I think this would cause a “disturbance in the force”. Bad idea, really bad. A bigly, yuge bad idea.

I’ll be the first to admit that I think going away from pensions to a 401k system did more damage to our economy and sped up globalization more than we think. But everyone is hooked into the 401k Matrix now, mostly in pre-tax mode.

This giant pyramid scheme will not end well in any case but taxing contributions now to pay for tax cuts for the well connected is going to add insult to injury. If you’re going to tax the 401ks of people who made a killing in the last 8 years, the money should be directed to shoring up the safety net for those people who lost their careers during the crash and couldn’t contribute to a 401k and now will retire close to poverty.

But wait! There’s more tax reform ideas:

Are Trump voters feeling stupid yet?


I lost my sunglasses. Now I can’t stare at people on the street without them knowing about it.

This one’s for BiFF:


Game of Thrones Recap

Character with the Best Story Arc- Sansa Stark


Ayayay! I have mixed emotions about this article from Vanity Fair about Melania’s choice to wear Stilettos to survey the flood in Houston.

First, I have a new found appreciation for stilettos now that I lost a ton of extra weight. Even with just 3″ heels, I’m 6 feet tall. And though they are impractical to wear on the street, *especially* in Pittsburgh where the pavement/Belgian brick seems designed to make you fall, I love the way pointy toed, sharp heeled shoes make my legs look super long and lean. I should have discovered this 30 years ago but lab environments mean denim and closed toe shoes with a low heel. Whatever. I have one pair of stilettos and I’m going to wear the hell out of them.

Second, is it possible for us to leave First Ladies alone when it comes to their clothes? I get it that Melania is no Hillary Clinton. Come to think of it, she’s not much of a First Lady. And she’s married to Creamsicle. Presumably, she knew what he was when she married him but even she probably didn’t anticipate just how awful he is. I question her value system. Are material things THAT important? In any case, she deserves combat pay, assuming she hasn’t been involved in the Russian intrigue.

That being said, she should have worn Wellies like the duchess of Cambridge. You can look practical and chic in rain boots.

12 Responses

  1. She did change into a pair of sneakers and sported a white shirt like a pro. I don’t feel like going after her here when she could change her shoes on the plane. All the fossils in this administration have a 30-40 year old for a wife. There are a lot of women who marry for money and many happen to be of foreign extraction. Who knows what they are escaping. This one just got lucky(?) to go into the history books.

  2. Take that, idiot and the low IQ brigade. And, there goes the wall. Are rust belt people migrating there? There are jobs!

    • Rust belt people know better than to migrate to Houston. It’s like living in a steam bath.

  3. Yeah, about that tweet about taxing 401K up front, that is not the first one I saw. I had seen it more than a few weeks back (if I remember) and had also seen those other things you cite like taking away the mortgage deductions and so on. This upcoming tax reform proposal will be another ‘kill the middle class to keep the rich getting richer scheme’ that the low IQ brigade voted for.

  4. 1984 and Idiocracy had a baby, and they called it 21st-Century White America. 🙄

  5. RD, please delete this comment. I was too quick to hit the post button.

  6. Maybe she just likes to be taller than her husband.

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