Boeing 737 safety upgrades were delayed by the government shutdown

It would be a giant leap to say that the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people on Sunday was caused by the U.S. government shutdown, but there is reason to believe the aircraft’s safety may have been compromised by the impasse Donald Trump forced over funding for his vanity wall. The crash apparently bore similarities…

Shutdown 2.0? Border wall talks reportedly stalled

It’s hard to imagine that Donald Trump would put the country through another shutdown given the political fallout from his previous unforced error, but then this guy is a special kind of stupid. If no agreement is reached on the border wall by Friday’s deadline, it seems likely that he’ll declare a state of emergency and…

Trump reportedly lashing out at Mulvaney over bad press from shutdown

Is there a worse job in the world than Donald Trump’s chief of staff? Maybe Trump’s personal bathtub attendant. Or the guy who artificially inseminates zoo gorillas? I don’t know. Those last two are essentially the same job, so … Mick Mulvaney has been Trump’s “acting” chief of staff for a cosmic blink of an…

Eric Trump's winery looking to hire more foreign laborers

While Donald Trump’s Westchester, New York, golf club was quietly sacking undocumented workers during the government shutdown, his son Eric’s winery was looking to staff up — with 23 foreign workers. Just try to find the end of the Trump family’s hypocrisy. I dare you. From BuzzFeed News: Trump Winery, also known as Trump Vineyard…

Wow, these new Trump poll numbers are in the sewer

Donald Trump shut down the government for 35 days for a pouch of magic beans and a participation trophy, and Americans appear to have noticed. On several measures, respondents to the latest NBC/WSJ poll now see him as the noisome, tumescent clump of flop sweat and spray-tan solution that he is: By 47 percent to…

Former Trump campaign official: 'Democrats have Trump by the b*lls'

Can you write “balls” in a headline if it refers to, you know, theoretical POTUS gonads? Is there official DKos guidance on this? I think this is a gray area. Anyway, many in Donald Trump’s orbit are, let’s just say, disappointed in their ocher overlord’s capitulation to newly inaugurated de facto president Nancy Pelosi, and they’re…

A lesson was taught yesterday. But, was it learned by the GOP?

Now did you see the news today? They say the danger’s gone away. But I can see the fires still alight. They’re burning into the night   Land of Confusion   Genesis My two youngest daughters love zombie movies, especially the Resident Evil franchise. Me personally? I can take ‘em or leave ‘e. I’m a huge fan…

Odds and Ends on McConnell and Bevin.

Kentucky has the dubious honor to have elected some of the most evil and stupid people possible to government positions — Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Thomas Massie, and Matt Bevin.  Given Trump’s government shutdown defeat, I was watching a lot of TV — MSNBC — and scanning local and state media for the latest on our rogues gallery…

What is a Pampers President without the Pampers?

What is the sound of one hand clapping?   Chinese proverb OK screw it, I was wrong. So, sue me. A little over a week ago I put up a rather lengthy article, in which I chronicled the fact that Trump’s obstinance in the current partial government shutdown was not something unique to Trump, nor to…

I See a Trump “National Emergency” In Our Near Future.

After today’s show votes in the U.S. Senate, MSNBC was all a twitter — not electronically — about how “twenty senators from each party” were frustrated or infuriated by this government shutdown.  Schumer was seen going into McConnell’s office, and it seemed to the gullible reporters that a “bipartisan” solution to the Trump/McConnell government shutdown.  Oh, the…

Air traffic controllers: 'We cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play'

This is not … er … comforting. What is it about Republicans and screwing with our air traffic control system? In a joint statement, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Air Line Pilots Association International, and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is warning of the increasing danger posed by the partial government shutdown, currently in its 33rd day. Is…

The win-win solution to the shutdown is SO simple

This isn’t whimsical, there actually is an almost insanely easy solution to the government shutdown, and one that gives every side the ability to claim a “win” on the issue. And funnily enough, the basic mechanics are already in place. There is no doubt that the Republicans are feeling the heat. Poll after poll shows them guilty…

1 in 5 Americans report being personally affected by shutdown

A new CBS News poll has a lot of bad news for Trump and the Republicans: Americans overwhelmingly believe, by a margin of 71 percent to 28 percent, that funding a border wall is not worth a government shutdown. By a margin of 47 percent to 35 percent, Americans think Nancy Pelosi is doing a…

So Legislative “Genius” Mitch McConnell Has This Plan…

As the details come in, it appears that neither Trump’s “compromise” with all of its poison pills nor a clean CR will pass a Senate cloture vote.  Democrats will not cave and vote for Trump’s wall and other white supremacists wish list items.  Republicans are going to vote as a block to kill a clean…

Stock market dips on some worrying economic data, Trumpian unforced errors

So this happened today: Given the volatility in the stock market of late, today’s 300-point pratfall isn’t all that noteworthy. But what’s a bit more concerning is the likely reason. While investor jitters over Donald Trump’s inane economic policies have made the market vacillate over the past year like a Home Depot paint mixer, this latest move may…