The Campaign For DA

3.15.2017

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • I'm not an advertising lawyer, but I abandoned the Yellow Pages a year ago. I have not seen one iota of difference (other than not having to pay a ridiculous price for senseless advertising.)
  • I was home yesterday and saw for the first time the lawn care crew come through. It was like ants on a a dropped piece of cake at a picnic.
  • MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, before her show last night, tweeted she had "Trump's tax returns." The network then even did a countdown clock.  All it was were two pages from 2005 which showed he paid a bunch of taxes. I was embarrassed for her. (Some even suspect Trump leaked the return himself.) 
  • But he does need to release his tax returns for the last ten years to see if he has Russians ties -- which is almost a certainty. 
  • Trump is "confident" his Obama wiretap claim will be proven. Can I have Vegas odds?
  • My nephew has started a podcast. Funny and weird concept: "We take a person born on this day and a person who died on this day and then we try to decide who had the greater impact. One this week was L. Ron Hubbard vs. Benjamin Harrison." They also did James Taylor vs. Anne Frank.
  • Kelly Clarkson is putting her Tennessee mansion up for sale. Question: Who thinks "saddle chairs" is actually a good look and/or functional?:
  • The Eighth Grader in The House's foot surgery went well. 
  • The Wise County Grand Jury handed down 99 indictments. That is mind blowing. 
  • Let's check in on Trump this morning: 
  • I don't know how to describe it, but if you go to a grocery store or any public place like that, people seem "oblivious." That is, they don't seem to be aware of their surroundings. 
  • We are in a housing price bubble of biblical proportions. And I don't know how people have the money to buy one to support this housing boom. 
  • Don't forget to sign up for the Liberally Lean 2007 Pick 'Em Tourney


39 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think a better narrative on lawn care would have been...
Scurrying like kids under a wrecked piƱata.

Truest tweet by POTUS so far.
Not only would the infamous toker be looking at jail time- he would have been eviscerated by a major portion of society as well.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

He absolutely does not need to hand over his tax returns. It is none of our business just like your tax returns are none of our business.

That dumbass reporter that fed her the documents knew what was in them. He just wanted to go on TV.

Maddow is an idiot.

wordkyle said...

"... people seem "oblivious..." - Not a new phenomenon, maybe just more common. Blame cable TV and the internet. I read about this about thirty years ago. (To make certain, I found the physical book in my library, Karl Albrecht's "Brain Power." Highly recommend.)

Albrecht: "Situation awareness can involve simple spatial and kinesthetic perception as well as the more abstract perception of social structures and procedures. Have you ever known someone who seemed to lack anything more than the most rudimentary sense of his or her own body and spatial relationships to others?" He then cites people counting their change at the register at the grocery store, who back their car out of a parking space without looking, and who block the aisle in an airplane while they stow their bags.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same thing about the Trump tax return. It's ten years old and it mysteriously shows up on the day he's being scorched over his new health-care plan. And surprise!...it showed he paid taxes. MSNBC got snookered.

Anonymous said...

If we're doing the 2007 Tournament Challenge, I pick the Florida Gators to win it all. Do I win?

Triple Fake... said...

there is a difference between being unaware of one's surroundings, and not being self-aware or knowing/caring that other people can see you. But in lots of cases, many people are both simultaneously

Those saddle stools are hideous. Might be okay for a dude ranch setting, but not in a home

How exactly would tax returns prove Trump has Russian ties?
"Aha! He e-filed using TurboTax Deluxe-ski!"

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Maddow kinda hyped that a little too much.

However, "two pages from 2005 which showed he paid a bunch of taxes," while true, isn't the story. The story is the Alternative Minimum Tax. It's the AMT that got him up to the ~25% range, without which he would have paid something in the less than 4% range - less that the poorest among us pay. That's why the AMT exists - to make sure that folks pay their fair share. Apparently, however, the AMT is now on the chopping block, so get ready to see even more of this country's wealth moving up to the wealthiest.

Anonymous said...

The grand jury worked mostly on meth indictments. I did not know Wise County had that problem. What a waste of money.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate your candor on the Maddow broadcast. It shows intellectual integrity, without bias as to your own political preferences.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to have a pizza that RTG!

Anonymous said...

I do not have any Russian ties. I do have a nice blue one from Peru. The majority of mine are from Sri Lanka............just sayin.

Anonymous said...

Yes, President Trump makes another valid point that is evident to all with functioning brain cells.

Anonymous said...

2017 is a much better year for RTG girls than 2016!. Thank you.

wordkyle said...

928 - What is a "fair share" of taxes for a citizen to pay? How is it calculated? And who determines it?

Incidentally, the "poorest among us" pay no income tax at all.

Anonymous said...

I am always amazed how the two parties get a loss of memory on why the release of tax information is critical for elected officials who can control public dollars and public contracts when they are in power. Forensic research on tax returns put law enforcement on the trail of Dan Rostenskowski, Albert Bustamente, Darleen Druyan, and Chaka Fattah, along with other public officials of both parties through the years. They were convicted of using their elected or appointed public office for improper personal gain. There is no higher office than President of the United States, hence the greatest opportunity for financial malfeasance, if a person was so inclined. Until Trump, the implicit social contract that office holders had with the voting public was that in return for the power of public office, they would give up certain personal information that the average citizen would not share with another (namely tax returns). It is a fair exchange. It also raises all types of red flags and warnings when one refuses to comply. Open up your tax records, Mr. President. As with Caesar's wife, you must be above the remotest suspicion.

DF H&R Block

Anonymous said...

So if we were to look at President Trump's tax returns, what do you expect to see? A W-2 from the KGB?
Do you understand his personal income largely comes from separate Trump Corporations, each in a different business field and that his personal income taxes are from based on payments from those corporations?
Even if you were to dig deep inside the financial paperwork from each and every Trump owned business, any monies coming from improper foreign interests would likely be buried under an array of shell companies.
Why would a businessman's connections to businesses in a foreign country be so evil, especially when considering the financial status of a certain former first couple that make millions each year for speaking to select groups from publicly owned companies, but the shareholders aren't allowed to know what was said?

Anonymous said...

Hold on 9:21 AM....I'm still googling.....

Anonymous said...

Maybe Ms. Clarkson uses her unusual seating as way to cut off guests who over-imbibe. If you are too drunk to stay in the saddle, no more margaritas for you.

DF Demi Lovato

bencat said...

The pizza float looks more appetizing than the RTG. Step up your game.

Anonymous said...

Regarding biblical proportions, methinks you need a to study your bible a bit.

DF Robert Jeffress

Anonymous said...

Rachel Madcow and I now both have something in common. When I was young, I spent a summer on my aunt's farm. One day she caught me in bed with a chicken. Boy, did I have egg on my face!

Anonymous said...

9:28 Before commenting on the alternative minimum tax, you may want to learn more about it. AMT primarily addresses "passive income" which pertains to most real estate investments. If that is where your money is, you will be subject to it. It is much more burdensome to the small real estate investor than the big guys. Many in the younger generation won't see this because they have no desire to own or create anything. They would much rather have a 35 hour work week, multiple weeks of vacation and have the government take care of them for the rest of their lives.

wordkyle said...

1034 - " Until Trump, the implicit social contract that office holders had..." - Actually, that would more accurately be "Since Richard Nixon..." It's hardly a centuries-old phenomenon.

Incidentally, previous presidents have held back information that they didn't want to share. That "social contract" you so desperately crave has been violated time and again. Records of Obama's time in college are still a mystery. Why should Trump provide fuel for his enemies? Even in this relatively insignificant instance, look at how it's twisted. He paid more in taxes than Obama, yet yahoos like 928 still say, "Yeah, but..." Trump is under no obligation, ethical or moral, to publicize his tax returns.

Anonymous said...

You people like to cry "He doesn't have to show his tax returns! You're not entitled to them!". We know that, but I have the right to stay suspicious of what might be in them, and to not support him until he meets my demand to release them. Got it? It's not about what I'm entitled to, it's about what I want. And I want ALL of his returns. Deal with it.

Anonymous said...

The housing bubble is due to historical low interest rates. I am an investor and realize that my net worth will drop like a snowball headed for hell if interest rates go to say 7.5%. Simple - an average person can afford a $200,000 house based on a 3.75% loan but only about a $100,000 house based on a 7.5% loan. Have fun when hell hits. The bubble will pop? No, the bubble will explode. I need a hedge.

Anonymous said...

"saddle chairs" Looks good but not functional

Anonymous said...

10:34 absolutely correct

Anonymous said...

Boy I could really say same bad things about the RTG pic today, with the Pizza, but I won't

Anonymous said...

RTG= Yummy Yummy

Harry Hamid said...

So he could have made this go away in an hour by releasing the returns in June?

Maddow could have created a sense of proportionality by reading the two pages prior to acting as though she'd found Amelia Earhart's plane?

I don't get the politics thing. People must like being in freak-out mode all of the time.

Anonymous said...

Dear 9:28;

Someone once said: "If you do it with a feather, then that's sensual, but if you do it with a whole chicken, that's just kinky!"

Anonymous said...

10:34 - 3 of the 4 you listed were convicted while being in politics. Trump was not in politics so why does he need to show is takes returns? He was a business man, so if he had ties with any Russian persons, that's up to him, none of our business.

Anonymous said...

9:28 ..."while true, isn't the story. The story is the Alternative Minimum Tax."

Bull. The story is that you, Maddow, et al, are so very disappointed to learn that he paid $38,000,000.00 of income tax, so you are talking about something else.

Meanwhile, because of her pre-show hype, she boosted her rating, knowing that people of your persuasion will not hold her accountable for her stunt, and will even attempt to deflect the discussion away from it.

I will again point out that the owner of this blog did not do that, regardless of his personal political preferences. I commend the intellectual integrity he showed in this.

Anonymous said...

Has Al Sharpton paid back the 1.5 million dollars in back taxes that he owes? That answer would be no. If you or I owed that much in back taxes, do you think the IRS would be dragging it's feet and letting us dictate the terms on when we would be paying it back?

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport Bulls won State title in Basketball in 2015

Anonymous said...

11:17: It is all about what you want. Too bad I have to deal with you being a dumb aa.

Anonymous said...

Wordy put a whataboutism and a birtherism in the same post?

wordkyle said...

840 - The subject under discussion was presidents' precedents. It was unavoidable.

Anonymous said...

Doctors would compete on the open market? No. Doctors would stop being doctors. Do you have a clue what it costs for a doctor to run a practice?