2018 Christmas Shutdown Day 5 Open Thread

So much winning.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Davie says:

    Morning.  Turns out Cadet Bonespurs might have faked his way out of military service. Shocking, I know…

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/us/politics/trump-vietnam-draft-exemption.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

    In the fall of 1968, Donald J. Trump received a timely diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels that led to his medical exemption from the military during Vietnam.

    Now a possible explanation has emerged about the documentation. It involves a foot doctor in Queens who rented his office from Mr. Trump’s father, Fred C. Trump, and a suggestion that the diagnosis was granted as a courtesy to the elder Mr. Trump.

    What he got was access to Fred Trump,” Elysa Braunstein said. “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately. That was the small favor that he got.”

    • JohnInDenver says:

      A new and interesting detail confirming what was already known.

      In a similar manner, here's a detail we should have expected:  private money bailing out Trump from consequences of his action. WAPO story on the National Tree

      The National Park Foundation, a nonprofit that is the official charity to help private money improve the national park system, gave the National Park Service enough money both to investigate the damage caused by the climber and to keep the park open and lighted through Jan. 1, it announced Monday.

       

    • Genghis says:

      Let's not get bogged down in whether or not the Dumpster, so to speak, "had" bone spurs. Point is, he clearly had the most overwhelmingly prominent condition associated with avoidance of compulsory military service, namely coming from lots and lots of money.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      It looks like the bone spurs finally may have healed. Donnie went to Iraq today.

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Need feedback from Moderatus, Powerful Pear, Andrew Carnegie on this.

    Tone Deaf Trump says the recent 5,000 point drop in the Dow Industrials represents a buying opportunity. I'll offer that the average citizen probably doesn't have spare cash laying around. I know I don't, as I've watched my retirement IRAs take a mega-drop; and they are conservatively invested.

    Your thoughts, gentlemen??

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Maybe we are finally getting tired of winning…..

      P.S. Lock her up, lock her up!

    • Duke Cox says:

      You aren't gonna hear from PissAnt…he has moved on.

      There is no mystery here. I offered an explanation yesterday. Your money is now in the pocket of someone who is connected. You have been shorted. It's a great time to invest in stocks if you are cash rich. Is anyone besides the .1%?

      Mom and Pop will rebuild the value in the market by the sweat of their collective brows…they always do.

      Wealthy capitalists will manipulate the markets to steal it from them…they always do.

      And "conservatives" keep believing them and electing them to office.

      You, apparently, never learn. Your electronic "wealth" is an illusion. It can be taken from you in an instant and you can do little or nothing to stop it.

      They are coming for your Social Security and Medicare benefits. 

      Are you going to let them have that, too?

    • Davie says:

      CHB. Obviously none of our shills will reply.  I feel your pain.  One possibility if you have other income would be to sell some of your dogs, park the proceeds in cash for a few months, then look into funds that cover healthcare and tech.  But only if you can take advantage of the capital losses to offset capital gains.  Otherwise like most of us, patience as we endure the long slog back up.  Best of luck.

      I am not an investment professional

  3. davebarnes says:

    Jerome is toast.

    "Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, told reporters “yes, of course, a hundred percent” on Wednesday after he was asked whether Powell’s job is safe."

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