The View From Inside The Punchbowl

“Hi. I’m Riverdaughter!”

Same planet, different dimension:

The News Keeps… breaking.

I feel we’re at the stage in the reaction where we have overcome some energy barrier and it’s all downhill from here.

As I mentioned before, Masha Gessen, a Russian American observer of authoritarianism, has said that she doesn’t think Mueller’s investigation will end conclusively with enough evidence to impeach the president.

But Chris Hayes tweeted last night something to the effect that we can see where this investigation is headed, it is not at all murky or ambiguous, and he fears that we as a country are not ready for what happens next. I’m assuming what he is referring to is a constitutional crisis where it is very clear that the president is guilty of a high crime or misdemeanor and stays in office because the Republican legislature that is supposed to hold him accountable doesn’t.

We could see that Republican phalanx crack sometime in the near future. The Republicans are starting to sweat over the number of special election seats that have flipped red to blue. It’s something like 35 out of 39 elections since 2016. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is so rattled that he canceled special elections in his state for the state legislature’s open seats. That’s about to be challenged in court because cancelling elections is one glaring neon indicator of undemocratic regimes elsewhere in the world and as we can see, the judicial branch is the only one functioning to any degree right now.

Then there is the gun control issue. Republicans are on the wrong side of that issue as well. And reproductive rights and healthcare and DACA and on and on…

The way things are going, they are going to get slaughtered in November at the polls unless they do something drastic and Trump is starting to weigh on them bigly. He’s widely unpopular. The tax breaks turned out to be not much and the corporations that got a drastic reduction in their rates are using most of that money to buy back stock, NOT increase wages of their workers, just like Democrats predicted. So there won’t be a lot of growth in the economy to offset the ballooning deficit.

In other words, Congress might find that it has to do something but it might be constrained by its own ideology from doing anything. And that will just make the rest of us even more determined to get rid of them which may make them dig in their heels.

I suspect that whatever takes down Trump is also going to take down Pence. Especially if vote tampering is discovered and I’m not ruling that out.

So, we are headed for very rocky, unexplored territory. This scandal resembles Watergate in many ways but it’s also more insidious than that because there are no Republicans of principle anymore.

Get ready because this spring and summer is going to get very ugly.

She is also “sickened” that Trump called the Parkland shooter a “sicko.”


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159 Responses to The View From Inside The Punchbowl

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

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    Despite committing a string of arrestable offenses on campus before the Florida school shooting, Nikolas Cruz was able to escape the attention of law enforcement, pass a background check and purchase the weapon he used to slaughter three staff members and 14 fellow students because of Obama administration efforts to make school discipline more lenient.

    Documents reviewed by RealClearInvestigations and interviews show that his school district in Florida’s Broward County was in the vanguard of a strategy, adopted by more than 50 other major school districts nationwide, allowing thousands of troubled, often violent, students to commit crimes without legal consequence. The aim was to slow the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

    “He had a clean record, so alarm bells didn’t go off when they looked him up in the system,” veteran FBI agent Michael Biasello told RCI. “He probably wouldn’t have been able to buy the murder weapon if the school had referred him to law enforcement.”

    • votermom says:

      Parents should sue them all for gross negligence and dereliction of duty.
      Plus wrongful death. Also conspiracy.

      • Lulu says:

        “The first “whereas” clause of the agreement states that “the use of arrests and referrals to the criminal justice system may decrease a student’s chance of graduation, entering higher education, joining the military and getting a job.”

        Get it? It’s the arrest — not the behavior that led to the arrest — that reduces a student’s chance at a successful life. (For example, just look at how much the district’s refusal to arrest Nikolas Cruz helped him!”

        They were just trying to help him get into Yale. And a spotless record so he could buy guns and continue to threaten to kill people.

        • DeniseVB says:

          When my dh worked USMC reserve recruiting in SoCal in the post-Vietnam 70’s, there was a special bond between all the recruiters and the Sheriff’s Dept and the little snot noses who got in trouble. The choice was jail or enlist. Win-Win, recruiters met their goals, kids got a second chance. I think the movie “Stripes” was kinda like this too?

    • Cernovich broke this story right after it happened. It would have been easy to see it as conspiracy, but it was Cernovich, so I waited for it break in the mainstream medfoa. We are here.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The system failed the Sandy Hook shooter too. He had to kill his mom to get to her guns. Lots of warning signs missed there. Obama/Holder had a lot to do with their “Promise” program to keep the future Trayvon’s out of jail. They also included all races not to make it look, uhm, racist. At the very least, we should be putting high school behavior problems in the database to buy guns, especially expulsions. Oh wait, Holder’s FBI didn’t want them in the database either. Maybe it’s time we turn over the mystery database to the NRA 😉

  3. Myiq2xu™ says:

  4. Myiq2xu™ says:

    When I was a kid there were cold mornings when we were GRATEFUL to get pissed on.

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    • Lulu says:

      More delusion: “Hunter College is waging a court battle to evict a stubborn student who refuses to leave her dorm room some two years after dropping out.
      Delaware native Lisa S. Palmer — who has not paid rent since 2016 — refuses to leave Room E579 at the school’s 425 E. 25th St. co-ed dormitory, according to an eviction lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
      The 32-year-old “racked up a staggering $94,000 in unpaid residence hall charges on account of her continued occupancy, all the while ignoring Hunter College’s service of additional vacate notices,” said the suit.
      ““I plan on fighting the lawsuit and while I fight it, I’m going to stay,” Palmer told The Post from outside her messy, 100-square-foot single, which is adorned with a lava lamp, a dream catcher and piles of dirty dishes.”

  8. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Other than the first season of American Idol, Survivor and Big Brother, I haven’t watched any reality tv. But I do catch the glimpses on social media, so I know who June is. She won’t go away either?

  9. BjornTheBorg says:

    I’m not liking the new tariffs on steel and aluminum. The markets tank and we could be headed to a trade war. Not a happy scenario.

    • Lulu says:

      You should give reading macroeconomics a try. Then game theory. China dumping shit into this country and running industries out of business is not a good thing. Now they are just flat out trying to kill us all with fentanyl.

      • BjornTheBorg says:

        I have a masters in economics and own just about every game theory text from Luce and Raiffa to Von Neumann and Morgenstern to Aumann. I think I’m up to speed, but thanks anyway. As for fentanyl, if people want to take it, that’s their business. At this point, everyone knows the risks: if junkies want their junk, I’m happy to let them have it.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Imported Steel and aluminum. It was a Trump campaign promise. Make it here or get taxed.

      • BjornTheBorg says:

        And costs go up, since American companies typically can’t compete on price and lack the capacity to satisfy domestic demand. So what does Boeing, say, do when their aluminum costs go up? Halt production until they can find cheaper stuff of requisite quality, thereby losing orders and laying off workers? Jack up the price, thereby losing orders and laying off workers? And what do we do when China imposes tariffs on American software or encourages software piracy? This does not end well.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Chinese drywall ring a bell ? Let’s just produce American, see where that goes ?

          • BjornTheBorg says:

            Lots of Chinese vendors produce crap (as in the substandard drywall you mention), but China has many state of the art factories that produce things that no American facility can. The iPhone is a great example. So, what are American firms that need quality aluminum and steel supposed to do when the tariffs hit? Domestic production is inadequate, worldwide supply is limited, and prices must go up.

          • 1539days says:

            I work for a company that buys Chinese stuff all the time. China will make something as good as you want it to be. If you want it to be really good, you won’t save much money. Years ago, we had circuit boards made in Georgia. Half of them failed. We ended up going to Taiwan.

        • Constance says:

          I say the tariff won’t raise prices that much. Under 5% but the companies will raise prices 20% while pissing and moaning that the Trump caused the increase.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Free trade (where we’re fair and no one else is) is why manufacturing and jobs have been declining. Fair trade is the only way to go. And yes, it will be disruptive and cause some problems. To continue “free trade” means continuing to turn into a third world country. Which corporations and governments would love of course. Something has to change, though it will likely be messy. Better than the alternative.

      • BjornTheBorg says:

        Manufacturing in the US declined because comparative advantage favored countries like Japan way back in the 70s and 80s. Since then, Korea, China, and India have leveraged comparative advantage to the detriment of Japanese manufacturing. The US has emphasized things like intellectual property in trade agreements over the last few decades, much to the benefit of its economy. It’s simply false that American trade negotiators have been chumps and fools for the last 50 years.

        • 1539days says:

          Not to mention the crap put out by union employees back when the US was more protectionist.

        • r u reddy says:

          Its easy to “leverage” the advantage of $1.00 per hour for labor if Free Trade Agreements prevent our keeping $1.00 per hour labor-cost goods out of our country. Under those kind of forced Free Trade conditions . . . no, our $10.00 per hour cost of labor companies can’t compete.

    • Venus E. Lee says:

      Ssshhhh. . . no one cares.

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  12. votermom says:

    I knew this was basically what happened, but reading the details makes my blood boil

  13. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Leftists spewing hate in the comments

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    • Ann says:

      I don’t understand why she didn’t set up an LLC in Wyoming or New Mexico (that would buy the house) that cannot be traced (use a registered agent (her attorney can do it for her as a courtesy)) and no one can track or trace her. These people are crazy, and she has children.

    • Propertius says:

      Harassing her could be a fatal mistake.

  15. Lulu says:

    I’ve been on an internet vacay. And I’m off on another one. I don’t have the stomach anymore to do it. Y’all stay well.

  16. Dora says:

    I didn’t even know they were going to be on this Sunday. I don’t pay much attention to award shows lately.

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  21. Somebody says:

    Good news…..the puppies got their stitches out!!

    Bad news….yesterday I noticed Mitzi yelped terribly when hubby picked her up. Investigated and found a couple of sores on her side……mentioned it today at re-check. It turns out her entire left side is swollen, nasty and what I thought was a scab is a necrotic area. They think she was bitten by a spider. Her entire left side from leg to leg is nasty. I had no idea how bad it was and neither did the vet until they shaved it. Tons of drugs, oral, topical. Re-check every couple of days…YIKES.

    Oh and I have to keep the dog separated so Macy doesn’t mess with Mitzi’s huge wound. He said he’s pretty sure it’s a spider bite, but if it is some kind of weird bacteria he doesn’t want to have to fight it in both dogs.

    Mitzi is DD’s baby. We come home and explain the situation, she says I can keep Macy with me.

  22. jenlyntx says:

    I’m worried guys. I love Donald J. Trump but I think he is making BIG mistakes re: 2nd Amendment. BIGLY 😦

    • lyn says:

      Write to the WH every day.

    • Somebody says:

      Jennings, what has you so concerned? Bump stocks? Those are new and were destined to be regulated at a minimum, if not banned. All automatic weapons are highly regulated.

      Is it the age thing? I am not a fan of that either, but we already require you to be 21 to buy a handgun…..not that it does anything criminals under 21 sure find handguns, but I digress. The drinking age is also 21. These laws have been in effect for years and we’re fine.

      Is it the mental illness issue? Truth is the laws already exist to take weapons away from those that are a danger to themselves or others. New laws probably won’t make much difference, because enforcement will be spotty just like the current laws.

      Is it changing background checks? What part concerns you?

      If you are concerned about all out weapons bans, relax not going to happen. Still write, let your voice be heard…..but relax, take a deep breath.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Nah…PDJT is cool, he’s putting discussions on the table, media seems to be ……

    • DandyTIger says:

      He’s making a really generous offer to the Dems, like he did with DACA, knowing they’ll reject it. Showing they really don’t want any of these compromise, even when in Dems favor, solutions.

    • Venus E. Lee says:

      Tke a chill pill, lunatic

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  24. Dora says:

    I am almost feeling sorry for him. I said ‘almost’.


    UNDER PRESSURE: GOP Reps Send SCATHING LETTER to Jeff Sessions over FISA Abuse

  25. Dora says:

    A warning for anyone in the way of this storm.


    Fierce Nor’easter to Bring Flooding Downpours, Wind Gusts Near 70 MPH and Heavy, Wet Snow
    A high wind warning is in effect for all of NYC and Long Island, as well as parts of the Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Connecticut

    • DeniseVB says:

      We’re getting the winds down here this morning, gusty to 40-50 mph and it’s trash day, the barrels are rolling everywhere. (1st World Problem)

      • elliesmom says:

        It’s a recycling week here, and I feel bad for the guy who has to tip my bins into the truck. They must be half-filled with water.

    • Anthony says:

      High winds here, lots of rain, and even though the temp is 41, the real feel is 18. Going to make a big pot of soup and not leaving the house.

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    • lyn says:

      Wow–that is insanity.

      • Jadzia says:

        It gets worse. The charges essentially allege that she is somehow supporting ISIS by tweeting the images. In essence, she’s being charged with kind of recruiting for ISIS. It doesn’t make any sense to me either, but I have noticed that every French politician who mounts any serious opposition to Macron somehow ends up criminally charged, embroiled in scandal, or both. Remind you of anyone?

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  29. Underwhelmed says:

    Important info for US clowns, via Orson Scott Card’s website:

    My wife was preparing our taxes (because they should always be prepared by a grownup who (a) keeps thorough records, (b) knows where they are, and (c) can do accurate arithmetic, so … not me), and she came across several recurring donations on one of our credit cards, many of them from the same political-campaign support company.

    Since the ongoing donations recurred every month, my wife and I realized that these were actually monthly donations left over from the 2016 presidential primary elections.

    Now, those recurring donations are a good way for somebody to contribute a substantial amount by spreading it out across several months. But my assumption was that when the election was over, the campaigns would stop collecting the funds.

    Ha ha. Why would I think that?

    No, I had actually contributed far more after the election than before it, since none of them began until 2016, less than a year before the election, but they had all continued through the entirety of 2017 and the first two months of 2018.

    I had other uses for that money. It was time for it to stop.

    So I went to the site of the company that collected donations for several candidates. The website remembered me and immediately asked if I wanted to donate. I ignored that, and tried to log in so I could look at their listing of my donations, so I could see which of them I wanted to cancel and which should continue.

    Surprise, surprise. They had logged me in and definitely knew my credit card information — but there was no way to get a list of the campaigns I was being charged for. Nor was there any way, on the website, to discontinue all the contributions. There was no way to write to them. No way to phone them. I found only that if I wanted to drive to Alexandria, Virginia, I might be able to find somebody in their physical offices — but I wasn’t going to count on that.

    We read a news story about a Hillary contributor in California who had the same problem — there was no way to cancel her ongoing contribution. She ended up having to contact her credit card company and have them block the dunning.

    We did the same. The credit card people told us that they could put a four-year block on that particular company, but it was quite possible that they would keep dunning our account every month until, after four years, money started flowing again.

    Thus we were able to plug a serious drain on our finances that we hadn’t really been aware of until my wife went over our credit card statements for the year and noticed the charges.

    However, it is shameful that people who contribute to political campaigns in good faith should have those contributions continue to be drawn from their credit cards more than a year after the election was over.

    Yes, sometimes candidates need contributions to help retire their campaign debts, and when asked, I have occasionally contributed to some candidates in that way.

    What really annoys me is that I was forced to discontinue all the contributions, even though there were two candidates I might have kept contributing to, because I know they’re going to face a reelection fight. But I had to kill them all, or keep paying all of them.

    What can you do about this?

    First, don’t ever sign up for a recurring contribution unless there is a clear promise that the contributions will stop as of election day, and unless there is contact information on the website so you can actually talk to somebody.

    Second, write to the candidates or groups you contributed to and point out to them that the collection service they hired is making it impossible to stop, and never asks whether the contributions should continue until, apparently, death. Suggest very strongly that if they ever want another dime of your money, they should drop that collection service and sign up with an honorable one.

    Third, let’s lobby our state legislature and our congresswights to pass a law requiring that all recurring contributions have an opt-in every six months (or sooner), so that they have to stop collecting from your credit card unless you explicitly authorize them to continue.

    As far as I’m concerned, the current practice of continuing contributions past election day, and offering no way on the website to cancel or even see the contributions, is either fraud or theft. It’s not an accident that they make it impossible to monitor your contributions or cancel them. It’s just another scam.

    And since most of the customers who hire this fraudulent service are the very politicians who get the money for their campaigns, it’s their responsibility to clean up this criminal activity and make an enforceable law to prohibit such frauds in the future.

    • Propertius says:

      Well, it could be worse. You could be someone who donated to a Democratic Presidential candidate believing that the DNC would follow its own f-ing charter and keep its grubby hands off the scales.

      I’m just sayin’…

    • DeniseVB says:

      It’s why I check my card statement every month. I’ve never wanted to do a recurring charge, especially in politics where the climate changes every month and I’m fickle enough to like someone else. Give to a major party, NEVER.

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  31. helenk3 says:

    this sick twisted abortion called today’s democratic party has really attracted some weirdos

  32. helenk3 says:

    what are the odds the little hogg gets a job with this bunch? It seems that he would be a good fit

  33. Venus E. Lee says:

    This made me LOL for real

  34. helenk3 says:

    and they want us to take advice about guns from these kids

  35. helenk3 says:

    the democratic party stuck us with the worse president ever for the same reason

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    • 1539days says:

      Here’s one. Conservatives agreed with liberals on reasonable gun control measures, Liberals wanted more and more gun restrictions, conservatives stopped listening to BS.

  37. Dora says:

    I feel so sorry for this man.

  38. Dora says:

    He is up and tweeting.

  39. Dora says:

    • elliesmom says:

      She’s getting old and isn’t willing to accept it. If you’re not on a public stage, and you have a patient spouse, you can pause now and then to search for the right word, and it just becomes part of your speech patterns. When you’re up in front of cameras, you have two choices, and both of them make you look either old or drunk. Use the wrong word or have to take time to search for the right one. In Nancy’s case I’d go with old. The jury might vote differently for Hillary.

    • Anthony says:

      She reminds me of Paula Prentiss in this clip from the original ‘Stepford Wives’

    • mothy2017 says:

      I bet it’s age, booze, and pills.

  40. Jeffhas says:

    “And his taxpayer-funded $125,000 in annual workers’ compensation and disability payments isn’t enough to maintain the lifestyle his estranged wife and fellow ex-con Sandi Jackson has become accustomed to, he says.”

    WOW! That is some disability payout. He seems fit to work… I wonder how many other ‘public servants’ are on Disability?… we just shovel money out left and right….

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  42. helenk3 says:

    it really does seem like the dems in DC believe they have absentee jobs. Like the old MAFIA style buddy system

  43. Dora says:

    This is good news.

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