Activism: Saving the ACA: Fight Back – It’s Your Turn

Brilliant..

A call to action:

Make the calls

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  • Keyword: Protect my Obamacare
  • Keyword: Oppose The Republican Tax Plan
  • Keyword: Denounce sexual harassers, predators, child molesters and rapists.

Please, make as many calls to each of your R senators and one to your R representative as you can today, tomorrow and every day including Sunday.

Phone Calls Work!

Each of us must fight to win the right to fight again, another day.

And make the R’s regret it.

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Bad Ads, Cont.

We may have to retire the Bad Ad category. I cannot imagine anyone topping this ad.

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Caution: You’re Gonna Be Trickled-Down On!

Could the GOP’s current tax plan be the tax cut that causes a recession?

It’s a great question. And the House plan provides plenty to be worried about in that regard. Take, for instance, the proposed elimination of the deductibility of state and local taxes. That is obviously a cynical, politically motivated ploy on Donald Trump’s part to penalize voters who didn’t vote for him (for good reason) in high-tax blue states, such as New York and California, and to give a benefit to the red-state voters who did vote for him. (I get it, elections have consequences.) Eliminating the deductibility of state and local taxes is an incredibly divisive plan. “It’s a transfer to red-state wealthy guys,” said the executive, who lives in a blue state.

Worse, he says, it could lead to another housing crisis, just as the last one is (or should be) still fresh in our collective memories. Here’s his thinking (which is hard to refute): Since, generally speaking, one of the largest state taxes is on property—your home—eliminating the federal tax deduction for state property taxes will inevitably cause the cost of homeownership in states with high property taxes to go up. It follows, logically, that if the annual cost of home ownership goes up, then the value of the home—which is for most people their single most-valuable asset—must go down. The National Association of Realtors commissioned a recent study that predicted that the elimination of the deduction for state and local taxes could result in a decrease in home valuations of between 10 percent and 17 percent.

That would wipe out a huge amount of homeowner equity, with the usual expected consequences: the sick feeling that comes from knowing that suddenly you are poorer, which can then lead to lower consumer spending, kicking off a recession. Furthermore, if the value of homes goes down, then whatever equity has been built up in those homes will also go down, and the ability to unlock that equity—through home-equity loans or reverse mortgages—will also decrease. Lower home values could also lead to problems—again—for the government-sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that have guaranteed some home mortgages, which are secured by homes worth materially less. New problems for the G.S.E.s will make it harder for people to get mortgages, leading to a lower level of home ownership than already exists.

It’s Vanity Fair, and it is a great read.

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War on X-mas!

The War on Christmas is moving fast on another, annual front: Starbucks Coffee cups.

The usual suspects see support for the ‘mos in the cups: Fox News…

The cups feature a busy print of holiday favorites like mittens, presents and Christmas trees, and above the logo, two unseen people are holding hands.

Since the cups launched in October, however, people have taken to Twitter with hypotheses that the androgynous hands may belong to a pair of lesbians.

Cartoon maybe-lesbians are destroying Christmas?

Gawd is gonna smite cartoon maybe-lesbians?

The War on X-mas is starting earlier this year.

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Bad Design, Cont.

Cook

I guess when you crave it, you cook it.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Moeman)

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

The two-drink minimum comedy stylings of our Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions III, who may be in cahoots with the Russians.

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Snap!

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Get Off The Cross, Someone Else Needs The Wood

Rick Wiles is as shameless as they come and that was one of the most insulting uses of the Holocaust as anything any Nazi has ever said.

Yeah, I’d hate to be as powerless as a straight white male Xristian in America today.

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Make’em Laugh!

I’m just gonna park this here: If you have ever known comics, or if you have ever worked with comics or just hung out with comics, you already know that what makes them special is A) their inability to feel any boundaries (think Kathy Griffin and the severed head) and 2) their incredible willingness to be egged on.

Before you can finish saying I double-dog dare, the comic is already doing whatever the dare is.

As an example, let’s watch Dana Gould on the Kevin Pollak show playing the Larry King Game:

I think that’s 8 of the funniest minutes in the history of the show, and egging on is what it was all about; notice how nothing was sacred?

In his latest book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, Franken talks about how his staff still has to talk him out of doing things that he thinks would be funny. The adrenalin from getting laughs is really addictive.

I’m not excusing Al Franken, but I understand that culture he comes from. Anything for a laugh.

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Midday Palate Cleanser

🎶And they called it Puppy Love…🎵

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Purplehead)

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Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac Update

“I say, old Chap, have you any Grey Poupon?”

Oh dear. Trump’s Fratsputin, Jared Kushner, stepped dans la merde and tracked it into the Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac: he forgot to disclose more emails between himself and other (alleged) co-conspirators on all topics Russian.

White House princeling Jared Kushner seems to have an unfortunate habit of forgetting, misplacing, or overlooking critical government documents. In July, he offered a painful mea culpa for initially filing an incomplete security-clearance form, blaming a mistake by an assistant for neglecting to mention more than 100 meetings with foreign officials, including the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov. It was easy to forget conversations he’d had with Russians, he suggested, because he was so overwhelmed by e-mails and paperwork. (“It was typical for me to receive 200 or more e-mails a day during the campaign,” he said in a statement at the time. “I did not have the time to read every one, especially long emails from unknown senders or e-mail chains to which I was added at some later point in the exchange.”) In September, he once again found himself in a pickle for failing to disclose his use of a private e-mail server to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Now, the harried, forgetful senior adviser is once again under fire for failing to turn over a series of documents relevant to the Russian collusion investigation, including a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” and e-mails concerning WikiLeaks, that he allegedly forwarded to other members of the Trump campaign.

There is no crime in receiving an email. Everyone gets e-mails they did not solicit. I’ve received so many Viagra emails my laptop pops open on its own. But I digress.

Fratsputin has two problems here:

A) He chain-lettered the messages to other members of the Comrade Stupid’s 2016 Goat Rodeo Campaign, which implies that he read them and was, uh, interested.

And 2) he forgot to turn the messages over to Congress when they asked him to disclose all Russia-related communications.

Being the brightest boy in the class, it never occurred to this dim Machiavelli of Midtown that the people he chain-mailed are also under investigation? (Maybe he didn’t forward to 10 people as demanded by THE MONKEY’S PAW!!1!)

Worst. Bond. Villain. Ever.

 

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