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by thoreau
05 Oct 2020, 15:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

Look, it may be that the rules manual says a Secret Service agent won't get in trouble for saying "Sorry, sir, but I can't let you go into the room with that person who isn't wearing a mask." That just means that if the shit rains down, when all of the processes are concluded the paperwork transferr...
by thoreau
05 Oct 2020, 15:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 858
Views: 74128

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Jesus Fucking Christ.
by thoreau
05 Oct 2020, 15:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

How does the military chain of command work specifically in regard to doctors? All of them are officers -- there are no enlisted physicians in the military -- but if Colonel Physician says General Injuredguy needs to be confined to bed rest for awhile, can the general overrule him in that instance?...
by thoreau
05 Oct 2020, 14:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9165
Views: 464160

Re: Observations of the Random sort

What did Melania actually do with her time before Donald became prez? Even just taking care of Barron became a little bit less of a time sink after he started school around 2012 or so. Shop. Hang out with friends. Check actuarial tables. Bang the head of security at the Tiffany's in Trump Tower.
by thoreau
04 Oct 2020, 22:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

The "nightmare scenario" has never been that Trump will refuse to leave while everyone else recognizes Biden as the winner. The nightmare has always been contested counts that result in different authorities reaching different conclusions. Maybe a state legislature goes one way, the governor goes an...
by thoreau
04 Oct 2020, 20:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

People say I'm bad for hoping the worst for him, but he made the Secret Service get into an airtight limo with him for a joyride while he's contagious. He's the one trying to kill Secret Service agents, not me.
by thoreau
04 Oct 2020, 11:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

The photos from last weekend's WH event look like something I would call for in my darkest, most treasonous moments. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/10/03/us/rose-garden-event-covid.html But this was not planned by a guy who talks too loudly about his sheer hatred of Trump and the GOP. It w...
by thoreau
03 Oct 2020, 22:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

Plus, with the emerging timeline of events showing that he and his staff were attending events even when they had reason to suspect exposure, he not only endangered himself, he endangered others. He might just literally kill off the Republican Party as a governing entity if he decimates enough dono...
by thoreau
03 Oct 2020, 21:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

Plus, with the emerging timeline of events showing that he and his staff were attending events even when they had reason to suspect exposure, he not only endangered himself, he endangered others. He might just literally kill off the Republican Party as a governing entity if he decimates enough donor...
by thoreau
03 Oct 2020, 21:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

Thing is, he has options available to him that go way beyond "reasonably cautious", and not only did he not avail himself of those, he organized a superspreader event. He invited a bunch of people to mingle in close proximity (and photos are coming out of indoor portions, not just the outdoor remark...
by thoreau
03 Oct 2020, 12:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

by thoreau
03 Oct 2020, 12:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

I endorse much of what Claire Berlinski says here: https://claireberlinski.substack.com/p/have-you-ever-seen-more-evidence Under normal circumstances, I’d agree. I was taught to respect the office of the Presidency. Americans should respect the office of the Presidency, irrespective of political dis...
by thoreau
03 Oct 2020, 00:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

Given that RFK was killed in 1968 and Reagan was no youngster in 1980, I have to think that the parties have procedures and backup plans for the death of a nominee. Continuity of power is a concern for them. That said, in this polarized era I can see some partisans (not the ones serving on their own...
by thoreau
02 Oct 2020, 23:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

The praetorians are unhappy. Secret Service agents expressed their anger and frustration to colleagues and friends Friday, saying that the president’s actions have repeatedly put them at risk. “He’s never cared about us,” one agent told a confidant, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describ...
by thoreau
02 Oct 2020, 18:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

And Diamond Joe tested negative. Takes more than a little RNA to sideline the campaign motorcycle.
by thoreau
02 Oct 2020, 13:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

A White House doctor released a letter saying he tested positive. It's one thing to go on TV and lie about someone's weight to avoid embarrassing him. But to lie in writing about a lab result? That's a more serious thing. Also, the last thing Trump wants is to be banned from rallies. Though I would ...
by thoreau
02 Oct 2020, 02:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

RNA is now a hero of the resistance.
by thoreau
30 Sep 2020, 17:15
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 1134
Views: 110410

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Diamond Joe would bring Tank, Worm, and Dozer.

Trump would bring a few Spetsnaz guys.
by thoreau
29 Sep 2020, 18:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

Every tax code has a downside.

No feasible tax code has low Kolmogorov complexity. Or, at least, no feasible tax code keeps a low Kolmogorov complexity for very long.
by thoreau
29 Sep 2020, 17:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

In the end, you're going to tax something, but you probably don't want to tax EVERYTHING. So you set up a restriction, e.g. "Well, not moving money between banks." OK, sounds like a nice clean rule. Until people with good lawyers and accounts structure most of their business transactions to just be ...
by thoreau
29 Sep 2020, 15:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

So we should just tax whatever goes into the cash register, regardless of how much the business spends to run the place?
by thoreau
29 Sep 2020, 13:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

Yeah. Tax simplification is fine for those who only have W2's. If you have 1099's and whatnot taxes can never be simple because you'll always have to figure out what is or isn't a legit business expense. If I own a duplex and live in one unit while renting out the other, we'll always need a rule for...
by thoreau
28 Sep 2020, 19:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Pick Your Poisson
Replies: 1573
Views: 121699

Re: Pick Your Poisson

The Armenia-Azerbaijan thing must be a hell of a dilemma for Trump. If he supports Azerbaijan he can side with Erdogan and against Iran. But Armenia is supported by Putin and the Kardashians.
by thoreau
28 Sep 2020, 18:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

That's a good point, Dr. T. I know that he did get a heeyooge refund several years ago by claiming massive losses. Given that, it seems that he's either guilty of tax fraud or just a shitty businessman. Given what I know of the man, I'd believe both could well be true. Same here. According to the N...
by thoreau
28 Sep 2020, 17:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8098
Views: 539783

Re: Orange is the new President

But isn't there a difference between running a small loss and owing a ton of money? A small loss can be an affordable fiction that you maintain to hide money. Actually owing a ton of money means somebody has your balls in a vice.