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Not anymore for basic services went to a local credit union for that. Mortgage is still with one of those players as it didn’t make sense to refi it this late in life.


Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing revealed his hidden similarity to Trump

On the surface, they could hardly be more different. Neil Gorsuch is known for his intellectual firepower; Donald Trump speaks at the level of a 10-year-old. Gorsuch has literary panache; Trump once referred to the size of his genitalia on a presidential debate stage. Gorsuch is a textualist; Trump makes up his own facts. And at first, it seemed confirmation hearings for Gorsuch’s nomination to be the next justice on the supreme court this week would only serve to heighten these contrasts.

As Trump tweeted angry disinformation in response to the revelation of an FBI investigation into his administration, Gorsuch sat coolly before members of the Senate judiciary committee. He quoted Socrates and reminisced with Ted Cruz about playing ball on the supreme court’s basketball court as young clerks.

Mainly, though, he successfully dodged senators’ questions aimed at, as one put it, determining “who you really are”. He was one of the most evasive nominees in recent memory, but what he did finally reveal had nothing to do with his patently conservative ideology – one thought to be even more staunchly conservative than that of the man he would replace, the late Antonin Scalia. Instead, on display were a set of unmistakably Trumpian attributes that should sound familiar to any close observer of the 2016 presidential election: a cold cognitive empathy coupled with a dearth of compassion.



Eric Trump says he will keep father updated on business despite ‘pact’

Eric Trump has said he will give his father “quarterly” updates on the family’s businesses – which the president has refused to divest from – in spite of the sons’ promises to separate the private companies from their father’s public office.

In an interview with Forbes magazine, Donald Trump’s middle son at first said the family honored “kind of a steadfast pact we made” not to mix business interests with public ones.

“There is kind of a clear separation of church and state that we maintain, and I am deadly serious about that exercise,” he said. “I do not talk about the government with him, and he does not talk about the business with us.”

But he went on to say that he would keep the president abreast of “the bottom line, profitability reports and stuff like that, but you know, that’s about it”.

He said those reports would be “probably quarterly”.

“My father and I are very close,” he added. “I talk to him a lot. We’re pretty inseparable.”


I’m sure they are(inseparable) and Trump Inc. tells his some every move to make. Who the hell is he kidding besides his most fanatical followers?
BTW LD seeing you post today must mean your feeling better?


Not sure if the replies to this tweet will show up but they are indeed priceless


I guess that they didn’t but click on the “10:50 AM” link as they are worth it. LOL


Seems like an awful long time to get to trial.


Sen. Robert Menendez ongoing corruption case could upend the New Jersey Democrat’s reelection bid in 2018, with the longtime politician scheduled to go to court this fall.

The Supreme Court delivered another blow this week to the embattled senator when it refused to dismiss the case. The trial is scheduled to begin about a year before the midterm elections.

Federal prosecutors charged Menendez, who has pleaded not guilty, in April 2015 on 14 criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit bribery.

IN case it is not obvious I am not a fan of Menendez.


Lawyers and Higher up Dems are weighting the odds. Delay until after the election and see if he wins. Then the question is does he get an appointed replacement if found guilty or is it a special election? Or do they get it out of the way if they figure if he’ll be found innocent? Since its delayed maybe he’s in deep. Is his seat solid Dem should they need a replacement to run in either scenario? I think its about politics more than if he’s guilty or innocent


Greed and more Greed! When will it stop?


Legislation being pushed by various special interest drugstore lobbies would undermine Medicare Part D and destabilize the program for millions of seniors.

A few years ago, lower cost preferred pharmacy plans were an innovation that offered great promise. Today, they are the foundation of Part D, with nearly 75 percent of seniors enrolled in plans featuring preferred pharmacy networks.


I am adding this in case you want a chuckle.


MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2n2zshf ) that the 50-year-old Tensed woman was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 on Wednesday when she struck a deer near Potlatch.

The woman told Benewah County Sheriff’s officials that she saw a sasquatch chasing a deer on the side of the road while driving. She says she checked one of her mirrors to get a second look at the beast and when she looked up, the deer ran in front of her.

Sheriff’s officials marked the incident as a vehicle versus deer collision but did not report any evidence of Bigfoot.

PS. I wonder if Rachel will latch on to this because the woman is from Moscow?


LOL! But officer, there was a Sasquatch in my mirror! Think I’ll try that one…. :O)


Caitlin Johnstone steps up to the plate in the Healthcare debate.


Once again she does not mince her words.

Obamacare Is A Corporatist Policy Wearing A Progressive Hat; Push For Something Better.

My social media news feeds are full of McResistance edgelords celebrating the failure of the GOP’s attempted hatchet job on the corporatist smut novel known as the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, also known as the bill that killed the single-payer healthcare debate in America. Inside the corporate liberal echo chamber, Obamacare’s temporary safety is being painted as a great victory for the little people over Darth Trump, despite the fact that the Trump camp and its supporters overwhelmingly opposed Paul Ryan’s failed Republican bill, and despite the fact the only winners in Obamacare are the predatory health insurance companies who should have been put out of business seven years ago.

There is no valid reason for America’s progressives not to be pushing with extreme aggression for universal healthcare right now. H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act is all locked and loaded and ready to fire, we know what it is and we know that it’s good. Anyone who tries to tell you that Medicare for all would not be a good thing is either misinformed or lying to you. Not only does America have the least cost-efficient healthcare system on the planet, with healthcare services costing about twice as much as they do in any other developed nation, but Americans actually pay far more in healthcare-related taxes than any other country as well. That’s right, America’s healthcare system is so grossly warped by corporatist parasites that its citizens currently pay far more in taxes for their healthcare than countries with socialized medicine do. Just to make this nice and clear for my libertarian readers, you would be paying fewer taxes for healthcare under an evil commie single-payer system than you are right now.

There is much more at the provided link.


It should be a good film.



Go Bernie! Let’s just call it Medicare for All. Simple. Can be phased in by age, so no mass unemployment of insurance paper pushers. Everyone loves it, even coal miners, or maybe especially coal miners.

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