Monday, December 11, 2017

Flowing Curves Of Beauty


If your wife’s anger is like a check engine light and there’s no way to determine what's wrong, just ignore it and hope it goes away.




Sunday, December 10, 2017

Shut Up And Make Me A Taco “Moonbeam”

Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed and vast areas of land have been badly scorched in recent weeks in the state of California.  Last week’s wildfire was driven by Santa Ana winds, low humidity and parched ground.
Nearly 200,000 residents were evacuated from their homes, with many forced to flee in the middle of the night as the flames rapidly spread.
Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown said vast fires, such as the ones that have ravaged southern California in recent days, "could happen every year or every few years. We're facing a new reality in this state, where fires threaten people's lives, their properties, their neighborhoods, and of course billions and billions of dollars.  With climate change, some scientists are saying southern California is literally burning up."
“The Governor has sought to contrast California’s approach to tackling the climate challenge with federal rollbacks led by the Trump administration, saying that while the White House declares war on climate science and retreats from the Paris Agreement, California is doing the opposite and taking action,’” the Sacramento Bee reported.
Following the president’s announcement that the U.S. was leaving the Paris Climate Accord, Moonbeam said, “It is against the facts. It is against science. It is against reality itself. We know we have to decarbonize our future. If we don’t, it is a horror. People will die. Habitat will be destroyed. Seas will rise. Insects will spread in areas they never have before. This is not a game. It is not politics to talk to your base. It is humanity and whether it makes it through the 21st century. California will stay the course." 
In an interview with 60 Minutes, the Marxist idiot told Bill Whitaker the president was wrong to withdraw. "That's a preposterous idea, not even a shred of truth in that statement," Brown said. "I don't think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility...and this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed."
Well, the truth is, Brown is at war with Donald Trump.  California has always had wildfires and droughts, earthquakes and mudslides.  Just check the website for CalFire.  They’ve maintained records dating back to 1943.
The Accord was signed in April 2016.  You can’t blame Trump.  He’s only been in office for eleven months.  The last time I checked he can’t make it rain.

A Walk On The Wild Side

Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 Army-Navy Game: Not A Single Bended Knee

The 2017 college football season came to a close today at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly with the 118th edition of the Army-Navy game.
Before the game aired, CBS Sports produced one of the classiest and emotionally stirring videos celebrating those who have committed their lives to protecting our country.
Rivalries stir the soul and today’s game was no exception.  On a snowy field, the Black Knights of the Hudson took on the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy to win 14-13.  Before the game, in a solemn and majestic moment, the choirs of the Annapolis and West Point academies sang the national anthem.
Dad would have been proud of his Army and his country today. 

Dear CNN, Your Bananas Are Showing

In October CNN released an ad intended to battle claims the cable news outfit was fake news and to stem the tide of “CNN Is Fake News” memes.
The ad copy should read:
“This is a banana.  CNN might try to tell you that it’s an apple.  They might scream apple, apple, apple over and over and over again.  They might put APPLE in all caps.  You might even start to believe that this is an apple.  But it’s not.  This is a banana.”
FACTS FIRST
Yesterday, CNN advanced a story claiming to show collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia; a talking point they have hung onto for dear life since last year.
Reporters Manu Raj and Jeremy Herb insinuated that Donald Trump, Jr. was given advanced notice on September 4, 2016 about hacked documents before they were made public by WikiLeaks.  Raj and Herb claimed to have spoken to two sources who “confirmed the date”.
In a nutshell, one of the sources was a mysterious “Mike Eckerson” who no one has been able to identify or confirm as a real person.  CBS followed up on the story and made the very same claim.  The problem for CNN is the emails at the heart of this fake news story were discussed in the House Intelligence Committee two days earlier.  The Washington Post, of all places, called out the piece as completely false.  The folks at the Post had actually seen the email for themselves and verified it was, in fact, sent on September 14.  The files were already in the public domain and being widely discussed online.
The story turned out to be completely meaningless.

Yuletide Respite: Something Wonderful

Friday, December 8, 2017

Fake Chews And The Armchair Neurologist

Unless I’ve missed my guess, MSNBC will do anything for laughs.  Remember Ricky Madcow’s epic buildup of President Trump’s two-page 2005 tax returns?  The cable "news" company also has two smear merchants on “The Morning Joe” show who daily insist President Trump is senile or mentally unstable.  Enter Lawrence O’Donnell the host of The Last Word.
I never watch anything on MSNBC.  I learn of the über-liberal parade of self-beclowning stooges through Twitter timelines and today was such a day.
O’Donnell, you may recall, had an epic profanity-laced meltdown of more than eight minutes three months ago.  The video, according to Page Six, was leaked by Andy Lack (the same guy who fired Matt Lauer) because O’Donnell had angered him in May by tweeting to fans about his contract negotiations.    
He was forced to apologize on Twitter saying, “A better anchorman and a better person would’ve had a better reaction to technical difficulties.”
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital and would move its embassy there, upending decades of a diplomatic consensus over the status of the city pioneered by his predecessors.  He kept a promise he made on the campaign trail─the very same promise made and broken by Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
The last few seconds of his speech drew out the conspiracy theorists.  Were his dentures giving him trouble?  Did he have a mini-stroke?  The White House insisted it was nothing more than dry-mouth.
The following day O’Donnell tweeted:
Trump’s speech was important for diplomacy in the region.  Israel captured that land from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it; a move that has not been recognized internationally.  In 1980, the Israelis passed a law declaring Jerusalem the “complete and united” capital of their country.  Trump’s actions corrected a historic injustice.
The historic injustice to which I refer is the egregious maligning by the United Nations of the state of Israel.  During a tense emergency meeting of the UN Security Council today, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley defended the president’s actions saying three presidents delayed the decision in the hope that a peace process would produce results─results that never came.  Haley reprimanded the UN for its negative role in the peace process saying the world body has been “one of the world’s foremost centers of hostility toward Israel.  We will not be a party to that.  The United States no longer stands by when Israel is attacked in the United Nations.
I said all that to say this:  The President’s speech was a bit mumbled at the end of his announcement, but nowhere near Nancy Pelosi Palsi territory and I’m so tired of the pundit class pretending to be concerned about the health of a president they clearly despise. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sneak Attacking Senator Resigns On Pearl Harbor Day

Senator Al Franken, leader of Minnesota’s Lizard People announced his resignation just after 11:45 AM today after 39 of his Democrat Senate colleagues called for him to step down following a string of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
“I know in my heart that nothing I’ve done as a senator─nothing─has brought dishonor on this institution,” Franken said. “Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

And The Most Creative Molestation Excuse Award Goes To…

A 4:53 PM Minnesota Public Radio tweeted Senator Al Franken would be announcing his resignation on Thursday, December 7.
Then, at 5:15 PM the senator’s office tweeted:
According to a published report by the New York Daily News, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met privately with Franken and his wife shortly after a new allegation of sexual assault came to light, according to a person familiar with the meeting. Schumer urged Franken to step down.
The waffling is either due to Franken giving the Lizard People of Minnesota 24 hours to adjust to their loss or he’s waiting on a presentation of the 2017 Most Creative Molestation Excuse Award. 

Keep Us Abreast Of The Situation Al

The senator the Lizard People of Minnesota helped to elect in 2008 is set to make an announcement on Thursday after 38 senators called for him to resign.  Added to the chorus was Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.
The push to oust Franken came after another anonymous woman said Franken tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006 after the taping of his radio show.  His accuser claims he said, “It’s my right as an entertainer.”
“This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous,” Franken said in a statement Wednesday. 
And then…

Freelance journalist for The Atlantic and former communications director for Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), Tina Dupuy, joined the seven other accusers saying, “I wasn’t going to come forward. Then I was. Then I wasn’t. I’ve been hoping Franken would just step down and I wouldn’t have to say anything. I’ve been hoping he’s a decent enough man not to force his victims to parade in front of the Ethics Committee. I’ve been hoping I’d not ever have the moniker of ‘Franken accuser’”.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thank Goodness You’re Home. The Christmas Tree Fainted.

Most folks give a classic, simple nod to Christmas's origins with a Christmas Angel as a tree topper to represent their role in celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Christmas angels occupy the top of Christmas trees to represent their role in celebrating the birth of Jesus.  It was, after all, the archangel Gabriel who spoke to Mary in Nazareth saying, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most Highest. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
A heavenly host of angels appeared in the sky over Bethlehem to celebrate Jesus' birth and that is the clearest reason why angels are placed at the top of a Christmas tree.
With the secularization of Christmastime, some may choose a big red bow, a snowman or an illuminate finial.  There are others to be sure, but some feminists in Great Britain have come up with a sterling idea for The Resistance.
Women To Look Up To has created a “range of modern female role models to further female equality.”  For 2017, WTLUT has three toppers donning angelic wings and are sold online for between $108 to $945 depending on tree size.  One of them is Hillary Clinton.  All the pussy-hat-wearing feminists can get Hillary on the cheap.  The price tag is only $140.

The Earldom Of Detroit Has Been Saved

John Conyers (D-MI), who has been “serving” in the United States Congress since 1965, called into a local Detroit radio show this morning to announce his decision to retire today.  During the Mildred Gaddis Show, Conyers continued to deny he harassed any of his former employees and did not know where the allegations came from. 
Oregon Muse via Ace Of Spades opined:
"So that withered old crone Cokie Roberts now admits that 'everyone knew' not to get into an elevator with Democratic Rep John Conyers because of his gropey, gropey hands. She never raised a complaint about it, though. However, she did spend most of the 1990s winking at and excusing Bill Clinton's horndoggery, while slamming Republicans for being sexist and 'against women'. Ouch. Just thinking about the immense amount of effort it must have taken her to square all of those circles makes my brain hurt."
During the radio interview, Conyers added he wanted his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in Congress. “I have a great family here and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III, who incidentally I endorse to replace me in my seat in Congress,” he said. 
Has a suitable heir been found?  Conyers’ great-nephew, Michigan State Senator Ian Conyers, is set to run for his seat.  It seems the feudal lords of Detroit still have the rights of prima nocta.

Monday, December 4, 2017

2017-2018 Bowl Game Predictions

The final CFB Selection Committee rankings of 2017 were released yesterday along with the bowl game assignments.  That’s 76 different schools in thirty-nine bowl games; 37 non-CFB bowl games and 2 semifinal playoff games.
I’ve said it before.  Thirty-nine bowl games is just a smidgen too damn many.  That many bowl games have nothing to do with demand.
Disney makes money off them. ABC and ESPN broadcast almost all of them, including the whole New Year’s SIx, and ESPN even owns about a third of them outright.
I mean, would you want your company to pay money to sponsor the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl formerly known as the St. Petersburg Bowl between a 6-6 team and an 8-4 team on a December weekday?  Many of these games will be played in half-empty stadiums.
Of the 39 games, 38 will be broadcast by ESPN or one of their sister networks, ABC and ESPN2. The only bowl game that is not on a Disney-owned network is the Arizona Bowl which will air on CBS.  The real reason ESPN is willing to fork out big bucks to broadcast these games is because live programming fills in empty time slots.  In 2010, ESPN was available in nearly 100 million homes but is now only seen in 87 million with more and more homes deciding to “cut the cord”.
The 24-hour sports network is laying off 150 employees in the face of financial pressures and that action follows a round of layoffs in April of 100 employees and the departure of 300 people in late 2015.  Disney/ESPN has had a brutal fourth quarter.  Their operating income declined 12% from a year earlier making it the sixth quarter in a row they’ve shown a loss in their ledgers.
So, do people like me complain about there being too many bowl games that reward mediocrity?  Yes, they do.
I’ve decided to appropriate steal an idea from my SEC sister and blogger friend Diogenes and make some predictions about the News Years Six and CFB Semifinal Playoff games.  For the record, I am biased.  My predictions are based not on stats or series histories or even what the sports “experts” think.  They are my own feelings on which teams will emerge as victors in the important games that will bring this hard-fought season to a close.
I want to congratulate each team for their play on the gridiron, their courage and their heart.  These teams are the best of the best.  You may not agree with my picks and that’s to be expected.
NOTE:  Not all games have been included; only the ones that will establish the AP Top 25 rankings for Week One of the 2018 season.

Flowing Curves Of Beauty


Don’t bother asking Siri "What do women really want?" She won’t shut up for five days.



Sunday, December 3, 2017

College Football Playoff Selection Day: Crybaby Edition

With a blog titled Political Clown Parade you’d think I would post something relating to the scuzzy world of politics.  Not today. Nope. Not happening.
I spent my Saturday slopped up on the couch with tasty beverages and the customary snackeries required to watch the final weekend of college football before Selection Day.
As I said in my post yesterday, I was summoning the favor of the football gods for some help getting my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide into the College Football Playoffs.  I didn’t get any help from the Sooners and the outcome of the Clemson/Miami game would have made no difference.
Glimmers of hope began to overtake the crowd I had over for my slightly famous football couch-gating party.  The Jawja Bulldawgs beat the tiger crap out of Auburn.  War Eagle was plucked clean.  Nary a feather remains on the hapless foul.  I feel sorry for the wretched beast.  The weather is turning colder.  It must be embarrassing to be naked in public.
Whatever juju I had working carried into the Buckeyes/Badgers battle in the Big 10 Championship Game.  Urb’s boys had a “struggle win” against Bucky Badger.  Perfect.  I was rooting for them despite my loathing for Meyer and those Buckeyes.
I spent the morning cleaning up the tornado left from the couch-gate party and settled down to watch ESPN’s coverage of the Selection Committee’s final rankings.  The program began at noon, but the so-called “sports experts” babbled endlessly killing time until the Committee released the rankings.
Finally, 30 minutes later the rankings were tediously revealed one by one.  Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and…Ala-by-God-bama!
That last one sent crybaby Kirk Herbstreit into a bit of a tizzy and he walked off the ESPN set.  The crew laughed their fannies off and viewers saw an empty chair where Herbstreit had been sitting.  He couldn’t believe his alma mater had been snubbed.  It was like watching a Saturday Night Live skit, only funnier. 
The cavalcade of sports pundits repeatedly insisted Bama’s resumé was "deeply, deeply flawed..."  Oh really? It’s not as flawed as Clemson who lost to Syracuse or Ohio State who lost 55-24 to a 7-5 Iowa State.
"The losses matter," Herbstreit said. “But when you lose the way they did, it sent a message to the committee that they just couldn't forgive. It was like an anchor tied around that program that brought them down. It's incredible to think, with Wisconsin at No. 6, that we're going to have two teams in the top 10 that Ohio State beat. Probably better than anything Alabama had, and Ohio State is a conference champ. Yet still, the people in that room just liked Alabama better as a football team. That, with the loss to Iowa kind of balanced out Ohio State's resumé."
"This is the unfortunate era of college football that we're in, where we're splitting hairs," Herbstreit said. "Winning the Big Ten is a hell of an accomplishment, but they didn't jump off the screen like they did in 2014, when they just blew Wisconsin out in the Big Ten title game and you were like, 'How are you going to leave them out?' And Saturday's game didn't feel like that and I think that's what hurt them."
No shit Sherlock.
UPDATE:  I’m including this Funny Maine video of “How Bama Fans Watched The 2017 Conference Championships” because, well it’s FUNNY.  I love how he says, “We coming to New Orleans, Louisi-BAMA."

A Walk On The Wild Side

Saturday, December 2, 2017

2017 SEC Championship Game

Conference Championship weekend is finally here.  This year I’m sitting on pins and needles fretting over whether my beloved Crimson Tide will make it into the CFB Playoffs.
Oddsmakers, sports pundits, pollsters and navel gazers be damned.  After today the Selection Committee has the steering wheel.  One thing’s for certain:  The Top Four will consist of the SEC Championship game winner and the winner of the ACC Championship game along with either the Buckeyes or Bama.
I have loathed Ohio State ever since Head Coach Woody Hayes punched Clemson’s Charlie Bauman in the 1978 Gator Bowl after he intercepted a pass from Art Schlichter.  I want Bama to go to the playoffs so bad I can taste it and am more than willing to root for them against the Badgers.  I feel dirty, like a politician.  If Wisconsin wins, its curtains for both Bama and the Buckeyes.  Please, oh, please don’t let that happen.
They say I must summon the football gods’ favor for the game between TCU and the Sooners.  I can’t stand the hot-headed, crotch-grabbing, bird-flipping Baker Mayfield.  I have no problem pulling for the Horned Frogs to knock Oklahoma out of the Top Four.
The game between the Clemson Tigers and the Canes of Miami won’t budge the standings, but a win by the Tigers assures there won’t be two ACC teams getting in.
Finally, the game between the Bulldawgs of Jawja and the (expletive) godforsaken (expletive) flea-bitten Auburn (expletive) Tigers for the SEC Championship.  I’ve been doing the Vulcan Mind Meld with Coach Smart.  I want Kirby to pluck War Eagle bald.  Auburn is the first two-loss team to be ranked in the Top Four.  What a (expletive) travesty!
Auburn, according to ESPN’s Matchup Predictor, has a 50.5% chance of victory against the Dawgs.
The experts who, by the way, hate Alabama claim if Auburn wins Nick Saban’s boys from Tuscaloosa could brag its only loss was to the SEC Champs.  Aw, hell no.  That ain’t good enough bubba.  Kirby was Saban’s defensive coach for ten years.  He knows defense I tell ya and the Dawgs will be out to maul Jarret Stidham and avenge their 40-17 loss to the Tigers at Jordan-Haire stadium.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Not Since The Days Of Tricky Dick Have Plumbers Had Such An Active Presence In The White House

With the egregious miscarriage of justice in the Kate Steinle murder case, the pervnado overtaking Hollywood, politics and the news industry, the Nork nuclear threat and former NSA Director Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI, we are being presented with a bombshell report exposing the infiltration by mice of the White House Navy Mess food service area and the White House Situation Room.  And lawdy, there’s even a work order request for a new toilet seat for the Oval Office bathroom.  We learned in April of one significant work order requested for a red button that, when pressed, would summon a butler to bring President Trump a Coke™.
The White House was built in 1792.  During the War of 1812, the British set fire to it in 1814 and had to be rebuilt.  President James Monroe moved back into the building in 1817. It’s fair to say the building is old.
There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and 6 levels with 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases and 3 elevators.  It requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its exterior.  God only knows how many gallons are needed to cover the interior walls and ceilings.
Several commenters, who have more screws loose than a hardware store during an earthquake, are blaming President Trump for the sad state of “The People’s House”.
Have I mentioned the White House is old?
On a bright, beautiful afternoon in May of 2010 while delivering remarks on Wall Street financial reform, The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer was forced to submit to something other than his colossal ego to a furry rat that seized his limelight.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Are You Waiting For Geraldo Santana Banana’s Impending Topple? Yeah. Me Too.

I have never liked Geraldo Rivera.  Were it possible to travel back in time I would strangle him in his cradle.  The guy’s a pompous pile of dung.  A 10-lb blivit in a 5-lb bag.  He possesses an exaggerated sense of self-importance.  He, quite literally, suffers from delusions of grandeur.
Yesterday, before the salacious exposé Variety published revealing the details of NBC’s brutal firing of Matt Lauer, our boy, through a series of four tweets may have inadvertently announced his “retirement”.
The “Grand Poohbah of Outlandish Takes” called the news “a flirty business” and voiced his consternation that women are starting to be believed when accusations of inappropriate workplace behavior by powerful men are made.  I’m just not sold on the notion that having a remote door lock button for an office sex dungeon is equivalent to “flirting”.  It is abundantly clear neither Lauer nor Rivera AKA Santana Banana suffer with crippling social anxiety.
So tin-eared and egregious were his tweets that his current employer undoubtedly admonished him while issuing a terse statement:  “Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management.  We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him.”
There’s a good bet if you have the mustachioed fool in your Pervnado Pool you could be a winner soon.  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lake Wobegon: Where All The Children Are Above Average And All The Women Are Scared

Garrison Keillor, the force behind the popular “A Prairie Home Companion” show and a man who is uglier than a mud fence was fired by Minnesota Public Radio over inappropriate sexual behavior claims.
The 75-year-old life-long Democrat told The Associated Press he was let go because of “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.”

Keillor sniggered at Middle America on public radio for 42 years.
I guess if you live in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, then listening to an old codger on the radio talk about “this beautiful summer” or “the number of persons I know who’ve contracted a tick-borne disease” or “hip replacements I have known that went bad” while wearing a flannel shirt, long johns and wool socks in the dead of winter is a blessed distraction from the blizzards and snow drifts that can linger through the month of May.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, a day before announcing he was fired, Keillor penned an op-ed in support of fellow Minnesotan Sen. Al Franken, who last week was accused of sexual misconduct.
“This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness,” he wrote of the criticism of Franken groping a sleeping Leeann Tweeden in a 2006 photo. “No kidding.”
Perhaps Charlie Rose, himself an old ugly perv with some free time, and Keillor could do a two-man stage act.  After all, what else is there to do in Lake Woebegon?  I mean besides fondling the farmer’s daughter?
UPDATE 11-29-17 2:37 PM:  The Daily Mail, citing the email sent by Keillor to the Star Tribune, explaining why he was fired read in part, “I put my hand on a woman's bare back. I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches.  She recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called.”

UPDATE 3:13 PM:  Welcome readers of Bad Blue Uncensored News.  We wish to thank Doug Ross for linking to this post.

The Sexual Harassment Apocalypse: The Shock At 30 Rock

NBC has fired its leading morning news anchor Matt Lauer over a sexual harassment allegation, the network’s president for news said in a memo to staff on Wednesday.
Matt Lauer allegedly sexually assaulted a female NBC staffer during the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
An NBC insider said Lauer’s alleged victim complained to HR on Monday: “This happened so quickly. She didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling Lauer was fired on Tuesday night. The victim says she has evidence that this has also happened to other women, but so far we don’t have evidence of that.”
Another source revealed the decision to fire Lauer was made late Tuesday night by NBC News chairman Andy Lack.
Lauer’s firing comes amid rumors that several news outlets were working on stories about his alleged sexual misconduct.
Reporters for the New York Times had been investigating Lauer for several weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the paper.
In a published report from Closer Weekly on November 21, Lauer had decided to leave Today when his estimated $25 million-a-year contract expired in 2018.  Citing his ongoing rivalry with Megyn Kelly and his desire to see more of his family his “heart just wasn’t in the job this past year.”
Lauer is 59.  His children are aged 16, 14 and 10.  He wanted to see more of his family?  I’m pretty sure his wife Annette doesn’t want to see him ever again.

UPDATE 11-29-17 4:11 PM:  The in-depth investigation promised earlier this morning from Variety has been published revealing the results of a two-month investigation with dozens of interviews with current and former staffers.
The New York Times exposé, also promised this morning, can be found here.

Nooooooo! Not John McCain Again!

President Trump promised on the campaign trail he would fight to give middle class Americans a tax cut reminiscent of the historic Reagan tax cuts of the 80s.  On November 2 during a gathering in the Oval Office with members of the House Ways and Means Committee the President said, “We are giving them a big, beautiful present for Christmas in the form of a tax cut.”
The White House has repeatedly urged congressional Republicans to move the bill through Capitol Hill as quickly as possible so Trump can sign some form of tax cuts into law before the Christmas holiday.
"I really believe we'll have it done before Christmas. I consider that to be one of the great Christmas presents," the President said.
Senate Republicans took a significant step toward passing a sweeping tax overhaul on Tuesday, with a key panel giving its approval and several wavering senators indicating they would support the tax package, helping clear the way for full Senate consideration later this week.
It's likely all 48 Senate Democrats will vote against the tax bill. That means Senate Republicans can only afford two defections. They already have two likely no votes and even more senators with competing concerns that could derail the bill.
Once again, it could all come down to the senator from Arizona who is desperately in need of being put out to pasture.
After sinking his Party’s hopes of repealing Obamacare this year with a dramatic thumbs-down, the fate of a tax overhaul may now sit in the hands of John McCain. In recent days, he has been fairly tight-lipped about his views on the tax proposal speeding through the Senate, saying he sees some problems with the existing bill but is waiting for a final plan before making a decision.
Even those who know Mr. McCain best are unsure how he will vote, but if history is any guide, Republicans have reason to worry.
Some supporters of the tax bill have been concerned that McStain, along with senators “Liddle” Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff “Snow” Flake (R-AZ), could vote against the legislation to spite the President.

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