Size Matters Now

The Inauguration crowd size wouldn’t have been near the story it is now if Trump and his White House had not lied about. Here’s an interesting look at the technology behind the definitive number to come on Saturday’s Women’s March:

The Atlantic: A weather balloon with a nine-lens camera attached (unavailable for the Inaugural count due to closed air space}. Three days of work then commences to measure the density of different parts of the crowd. Researchers at the private firm doing this then literally count the heads.


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81 thoughts on “Size Matters Now”

  1. boss, he don’t need no stinkin’ balloon (unavailable for the Inaugural count due to closed air space) when he’s got alternative facts in his smart person head.

    btw, must be some satellites circling during the anointment that took head countable pictures and guess who has access to them…  those to whom bbronc referred in his comment: Last night, after the double whammy of the CIA visit and the WH Lyin’ Eyes Spicer presser, there was a thread with a mention of an IC guy. The IC guy was mentioned as saying many were virtually roaming the halls of Langley yesterday, quoting the 25th Amendment.

  2. any bets on how far up the judicial chain this goes?  and will there be a new ninth tie breaker from the dark side if it gets to scotus?

    A liberal watchdog group says it plans to file a lawsuit against President Trump in federal court on Monday alleging that he is in violation of a little-known constitutional provision that bars him from taking gifts or payments from foreign governments.
    The group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said that because Trump-owned buildings take in rent, room rentals and other payments from foreign governments, the president has breached the Emoluments Clause. That clause in the Constitution says that “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” [….]
    The meaning of those words has never truly been tested in court. The watchdog group says the text should be interpreted to mean that Trump’s businesses should cease all business dealings with foreign states.
    The clause, the legal complaint says, “is no relic of a bygone era, but rather an expression of insight into the nature of the human condition and the preconditions of self-governance. And applied to Donald J. Trump’s diverse dealings, the text and purpose of the Foreign Emoluments Clause speak as one: this cannot be allowed.”

  3. for all you linguists out there

    wapo: ‘Make America big again?’ The headache of translating Trump into foreign languages.

    Since the beginning of his political rise, Trump’s remarks have been translated into a slew of languages worldwide, and his official swearing in only elevates the power of his words. For some, his simple vocabulary and grammatical structure makes his speeches easy to follow. But for others, his confusing logic, his tendency to jump quickly from topic to topic and his lack of attributions for so-called facts make his remarks sound like a puzzling jumble, and creates a headache when translating Trump’s speeches for non-English audiences.

    worthwhile to read the whole article. it’s fascinating and funny



    Trumps behavior did what it always done. The news of the biggest grass roots movement ever just disappeared. With the discussion turning to Trumps  outrageous behavior.

    As to size Saturday is starting to look a lot like the 2009 inauguration. DC metro numbers had a million riders Saturday compared with 1.1 million in 2009. The official DC numbers for 2009 was 1.8 million, if so then Saturday was well over 500,000 and if the official eatimate isn’t close to 1 million then it is being lowballed in an attempt to dismiss  the tremendous  accomplishment of this movement,  imo.



  5. “The news of the biggest grass roots movement ever just disappeared. With the discussion turning to Trumps  outrageous behavior.”

    jack, so this will be the way it goes until he does.  gonna be hard though for him to distract us once he launches his very own war.

  6. There’s a tremendous tool within the intelligence community–analyst-analyst communications that bypass all the normal chains of command and other filtering agencies. This is how we ensured unbiased information was received by the people who would be preparing the intel estimates for the leaders that would ultimately act on our information.

    FWIW, if I were in an Intel shop and people started talking gleefully about the 25th, there would be heads rolling.

  7. I circulated the Bee Movie Story and it was false.  But entirely bee-lievable.

    Because Trump is a big fat liar and is surrounded by people equally willing to lie.

    I think we all have to be very careful in the stories we re post or use to support


    We certainly don’t want to be like the tin pot Condom living in a world of alternate facts.

    There is enough bad stuff that is true.


  8. Crowd size has been a constant meme of the floater’s life.  Everything, including crowds, have to be the biggest ever.  Everything is the biggest ever.  His mental conditions require that everybody and everything pay homage to him by being the biggest ever.  It is extremely sad that he is so insecure and mentally unstable as to require those saluting or bowing to him are part of the biggest ever whatever.

    His loonyship cannot believe anything he does not see in person, and if it is as small as his impotency staff is, he will make it the biggest ever.  He probably looks down, following the arrow, to his codpiece and says his dong is 3 feet long.  Maybe even longer.  It is the longest ever known, even bigger than a whale.

  9. Yesterday was another busy day. Time to play catch-up!

    Re: Sunday

    Jace: Beautiful and soothing! I definitely needed that after 2 busy but enjoyable days. PS: We’re all in for a bumpy ride, hopefully it won’t be for four years! Of course he could do enough damage in 1 year to screw us for years to come.

    Pat: Relaxing was the plan but I got this idea for a meme Sat night when I finally went to bed, but couldn’t turn my head off. When I got up yesterday I started working on it. Turned into a complicated project and I worked on it straight through till just before the Pats game. I made my first meal of the day and watched the game!!! I still have some finishing touches to do on the project, then I’ll share. Love the Vanity Fair story and below it was a pic gallery of the 30 Presidents who got more votes that trumplstiltskin! Happy to see my home near town boy Calvin Coolidge in the mix…though I already knew it. Re: trump’s security bills etc. I doubt very much that he’ll reimburse the city/government, or anyone he’s ever cheated, without legal intervention. And then he’ll file bankruptcy and not pay anyway. Re: Trump wrote. “Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”… The dumb as a stump a**hole can’t get it through his thick head that he LOST the people’s vote! It makes us even madder and more likely to take to the streets Mr. Dumbass! Re: “That plot line referenced the actual confusion when Ronald Reagan was shot. His VP, George Bush the Elder, was out of contact, and the unstable Al Haig mistakenly told a press conference, “I’m in charge”…” I was working at an agency for women when that happened and the staff were all gathered around the TV. We had recently found out about our lost funding.  We all laughed out asses off when Haig did his thing…at that point we needed a laugh!

    Blonde Wino: Totally agree. Liar, thief, manipulator, racist, misogynist, plagiarist, general-all-around-bigot and we have to pay for it all! Saw some signs from the march saying “Free Melania” should also say “and the taxpayers” LOL!

    mrdoodlesdog: Love, love, love the Barbie meme! Did you make it? Would it be OK if I shared it online? Wish I’d thought of it, it’s awesome! Re Hillary at the march: I had similar thoughts!

    Jamie: Interesting list on medical bankruptcies. Do you know where the stats came from? Also, do you know where the Ryan instructions came from? It says DO NOT SHARE BUT RATHER COPY AND PASTE (his big bold, not mine) so I assume the original is in print form somewhere. I will be calling tomorrow but it would be nice to tweet it too. Re: the “trump/Comey kiss” nauseating! The man has no shame!

    Flatus: Tell Sue this Sue says “right on sister”!

    So we’re off the the Super Bowl again! Icing on my exhilarating and busy weekend cake!! #GoPats

    Vlad Putin steals Super Bowl ring: I thought the funniest thing that happened during the game was a clip of Robert Kraft talking about a trip to Russia shortly after being given his first SB ring. The person he was with (forgot the name) suggested he show it to Putin. Putin tried it on and didn’t give it back. It seems another international incident may be brewing! I wanted to see if there was a clip on YouTube and a whole bunch of controversy appeared LOL!

    You can check out the different takes on it here

    Re: today’s news…

    Craig: Interesting study of the methods. As we all know, even if they get a rock solid evidence based number, if the number is unfavorable to trump he’ll never accept and he’ll rant and whine! Not only his inauguration numbers but he really doesn’t want to know about the Women’s Marches! He’s got his flunkies at Fox  Faux News staying the course with him too. All weekend media from everywhere have been covering it, showing videos, posting pix of the signs etc but Faux News hardly mentions it, according to several articles I’ve seen.

    BB: Hit the nail smack on the head! trump is such a megalomaniac that he can never acknowledge that anything that isn’t about him could possible be bigger, better or more perfect for the world than whatever he has, says or does.

    So many great signs from the marches around the world! The above is from one in Phoenix. Love the play on words from the Mary Poppins song. I saw a sign during the TV coverage and I’ve looked everywhere for it but can’t fine it. It said something like “Grab misogyny by the balls!” I thought it was pretty appropriate for someone wearing a pussy hat LOL! The second picture is not mine. I’ve had it a few years. It was posted randomly online somewhere w/out attribute but it says it all!

  10. trump will never be able to handle this!!! That picture is from a WMoW sister march in Nairobi! The New York Times updated their coverage with this amazing page of images from around the world! As you scroll down the page the little globe tells you where you are. Love it!

  11. Alternative facts my ass.  Chuck was right – those are called lies.  To thinking human beings trump and his handmaiden Spicer and consigliere Conway looked like the scheming reality denying liars they are. With those two around and in him he has no need for a colonoscopy, so the 25th amendment won’t need to be invoked for the only reason it’s been invoked in the past.

  12. Apparently, Trump is a uniter, not a divider, just not in the way he intended.

    crackers – The Cheeto-In-Chief is already saying 8 years.  He’s already calling his second term, so that countdown clock may not be accurate.    It sounds like the DumpTrump movement lives on with lucky number 25, though.

    Spicer is the worst of the worst.  What rock did Donald find him under?

    Congrats to the Pats! and impending congrats to Jace.



  13. Ms Cracker, The Usurper-in-Chief is one very sick dude. He has 1,457 days at most. (I hope)

  14. Children of America, take note: in politics and sports, cheaters usually prosper.  Conduct yourselves accordingly.

  15. I presume the spicerpalooza was staged to step on the todays stories of actual Deadbeat Junta failures.

  16. Be alert for tactical upstagery on a grand scale.

    Remember reagan’s smashing combined arms defeat of Grenada, an island the size of Santa Barbara, CA, with no government and an army of 6 ? The Grenada story stepped all over the story of reagan’s humiliating defeat in Lebanon by a private army called hezbullah that no one in the US had ever heard of.

    We’re going to see and hear a lot more smoke and screaming before the Usurper is deposed.

  17. even conservatives are muttering about the 25th

    excerpt from op ed at usatoday: What if Trump loses his mind?: Gabriel Schoenfeld

    It may seem churlish to bring this up now, but not terribly long ago, we were in a phase of perpetual astonishment at how someone with so many obvious signs of narcissistic personality disorder and impulse control disorder could come so far. Even those favorably disposed toward Trump were expressing fears about his equilibrium. “Our candidate is mental! Do you realize our candidate is mental?” is what Ann Coulter had to say about Trump back in March. “When you act as if you’re insane, people are liable to think you’re insane,” wrote Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal in August. In the same paper just last week, The Weekly Standard’s Andrew Ferguson, while holding open the possibility of a “successful presidency,” worried that “unfortunately, the candidate who campaigned as a sociopath shows signs he may yet govern as one.”


    The verdict on Trump’s mental status, of course, will be out for some time. And it’s conceivable that there is more method than madness here: the tweets and other headline grabbers could be well-calculated diversions in the service of an objective not yet apparent to those Trump watchers who do not comprehend his tactical brilliance. On the other hand, Trump’s flabbergasting stream-of-consciousness address to the CIA on Saturday suggests some degree of detachment from reality.

    However close we currently are to a problem, presidential incapacity in a 70-year-old man will never be out of the question. It has certainly been an issue in America’s past, mostly from physical causes.


    But incapacitation by insanity is not something we have much experience with. Perhaps the closest we came is in 1974, as the Watergate scandal was closing in on Nixon, when he began drinking heavily and close aides worried about his mental status. The 25th Amendment was not invoked, yet Defense Secretary James Schlesinger violated the chain of command and ordered the military to intercept all emergency orders, especially any involving nuclear weapons, and convey them to him or to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for clearance.

    None of these precedents but the last is pertinent to the situation we would face if President Trump goes off his Oval Office rocker. While it is impossible to forecast how such a dangerous scenario would play out, we do know this: “25th Amendment” will be the two words on everyone’s lips.

    Gabriel Schoenfeld, a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law

  18. Okay. Grenada’s army numbered 14, but 8 were disarmed and confined to their barracks.

  19. Granny, I found that Propaganda Barbie image online. Wish it were my creation, but I’d say go for it. Spread it around.

    Spicer is giving his first official press conference. It looks like a doozy. He is really into lying. What a bunch of corruptions these people are.

    Things you learn on Twitter:

    This via linguist Susie Dent: the name for a dishonest politician is a snollygoster.

    What do you bet Trump will get his own word, just like Albert Fall, the fall guy, from the Teapot Dome Scandal?

  20. Aye chihuahua….  of course frump has to exaggerate about the size of….  everything.

    Christ sakes…  I thought most schools read Animal Farm and 1984 in the 9th grade.  Guess most conservative thinking people didn’t pay attention.

    BBronc…  hope you heal soon.

    Bink….   yeah, baby….  my Pats are gonna cheat their way to another SuperBowl….   deal with it…

  21. another worthy read to contemplate from a conservative is this Jennifer rubin column at wapo today: The first lawsuit: What can we learn about Trump’s income?

    The high-profile legal team includes Laurence Tribe, Norman L. Eisen, Erwin Chemerinsky, Richard Painter and Deepak Gupta. One interesting wrinkle: “Mr. Eisen said the legal team intended to use the lawsuit to try to get a copy of Mr. Trump’s federal tax returns, which are needed to properly assess what income or other payments or loans Mr. Trump has received from foreign governments.”

  22. Renee – yesterday they cheated by playing better football. Congrats, and although there is a special place in my heart for Julio Jones, I’ll be pulling for the favorite in 2 weeks.

  23. reuters at msn: Trump rejects new lawsuit over foreign payments to his firms

     Trump told reporters at the White House that the lawsuit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington was “without merit.”

    The nonprofit contended that Trump is “submerged in conflicts of interest” from his ties to countries such as China, India and potentially Russia, potentially posing a “creeping, insidious threat” to the country.

    Its lawsuit seeks to stop Trump from accepting any improper payments, saying a constitutional provision known as the “emoluments” clause bans them.

    The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

    It is part of a wave of expected litigation from liberal advocacy groups against Trump, a Republican who took office on Friday.

    On Jan. 11, Trump said he would retain ownership of his global business empire while president, but hand off day-to-day control to his oldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr..

    Sheri Dillon, a Trump adviser, said at the time that profit generated at Trump’s hotels from foreign governments would be donated to the U.S. Treasury.

  24. so is this lawsuit only just the beginning of attempts to depose him under oath as well as release financial info?


    thinking back to how gopers hounded and pursued the big dawg,  karma is a bitch ain’t it

  25. Orange Julius Caesar has also deleted some of his offensive Tweets regarding the Women’s March and replaced them with mundane pap. Either he’s on heavy meds now or someone else is tweeting for him. Deletion of Tweets could be a violation of the Presidential Records Act. Maybe, like Al Capone, they’ll nail him for something minor like Tweet deletion, not treason or bribery or theft or tax evasion or conspiracy or whatever else is out there.

  26. poor spicer, someone keeps giving him faulty numbers. latest of his “alternative facts” according to wapo: The Trump administration just told a whopper about the size of the federal workforce

    President Trump on Monday signed an executive order instituting a hiring freeze on all nonmilitary federal employees. At a press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the move “counters the dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.”

    In both raw-number and percentage terms, this is an inaccurate statement. According to numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million employees on the federal payroll as of December. The number has risen slightly since May 2014, when there were roughly 2.7 million federal employees (part of the reason may be an accelerated pace of hiring in anticipation of a new presidential administration). That represents an increase of about 3 percent.

    By contrast, the total civilian workforce, excluding federal employees, grew by about 4.9 percent over the same period.

    In raw-number terms, the number of federal employees is nearly the same today (2.8 million) as it was when Barack Obama took office (2.79 million). It is also similar to the number of federal employees at the end of the Clinton administration (2.75 million) and lower than at any time during the Reagan administration (when it peaked at 3.15 million).

  27. A Pillar of Ignorance and Certitude

    “The writer Michael O’Donoghue used to say that the definition of insanity is the length of time it takes for a lie to be uncovered. The shorter the period, the crazier you are. By this standard, our president will be setting a new threshold for that definition.”

  28. I haven’t seen it but unless there is an actually injured party (Hilton for example) who can show actual harm I don’t give the CREW lawsuit much hope of surviving a standing challenge.  I hope I’m wrong.


  29. mrdoodle – you are onto something. Using republicanillogic EVERY communication sent through a private serve must be saved.  I suspect the new admin will argue that the prez is exempt based upon the argument that conflicts prohibitions don’t apply to the prez – wonder if they will argue the same for emoluments?  I digress. Note to Judicial Watch – file suit, issue subpoenas to Twitter for all tweets from noon, 1/20/17 forward from @therealknuckleheadCheeto or whatever his twitter handle is.

  30. The 2017 word of the year: emoluments

    How hard is the family gonna fight? Yikes.

    If we ignore everything Sean Goebbels says, will he just go away?  They should just go ahead & give him the Pants-On-Fire Lifetime Achievement Award.

    In the on deck circle, # 46, Mike Pence.

  31. Learn the Mr. Peebody salute folks.  He has decided that Jan 20 is now “national day of patriotic devotion”.  Yeah.  The guy  is a real piece of work.  It is so very humourous that there are people trying to convince the world the guy has a genius IQ.  I give that he might be a genius among sea slugs, but not humans.

    Now that the hiring and pay freeze is in effect for federal employees all the waste and corruption in the WH will disappear.  Even Nixon’s second inauguration did not crash to the floor the way this scummy group are doing to a once hallowed office.  Oh wait, the WH will continue to be corrupt.  The rest of the country will slow down and suffer.

  32. The Sean Spicer v Dippin’ Dots twitter fued is hilarious.  And, I don’t think it’s fake news, either.

    The bizzaro world.

  33. BlueBronc, sorry to repeat your post on National Donald Trump Is Ill Day. Timing.

    Geez, couldn’t he have decreed it “Show Your Tax Returns Day” or “Shut Donald’s Pieholy Day”?


  34. Just saw an ad for something called apprentice (I missed most of the title) with Schwarzenegger, not exactly sure what it is, but it must be real bad if Mr. Peebody does not like it (he tweeted it).  Arnold looks ill and he needs to fire his stylist, his hair is as weird as the floater’s.  What little I saw in the ad was enough for me to continue to avoid commercial American television, okay I do think it has something to do with people running a company, but that is it.

    Happiness is Netflix and Amazon prime.  I may sign up for NBC cycling.  It will be the only way to watch Le Tour de France on the little screens.

    Things will be interesting come next year when Congress runs for their seats again.  I hope to help remove the House from the R’s.

    NBC is now falling into line for the bloater.  Too bad, but they want to go that route.


  35. BB – Trumpet is still Executive Producer of show.  Yet, he hates it since he’s not on it anymore. He has a severe case of attention-deficit disorder; he needs ALL of the attention.

  36. Drink Stoli until you pass out.

    Make signs & knit hats for the protest marches to be held the following day.

  37. Wear a wig/Dance a jig/Declare the Donald/A sexist pig

    American song of devotion for Jan. 20, 2017

  38. Sounds good. Now Chris Hayes sez the day is a one time thing. Shit. I missed the opportunity to “celebrate “. I just avoided the swearing of the Orange Julius Caesar. (Thanks Mrdoodle). I coulda gotten stupid drunk for the first time in years and had a much better day(and much worse day after).one more opportunity missed, like Microsoft IPO. DAMN

  39. R0ma Guy and Diane Jones marching with their friend Barak

    they are the subject of a new abc docudrama   When We Rise

    about LGBT community

  40. As long as you live you’ll never see a photograph of 7 women signing legislation about what men can do with their reproductive organs

  41. I cannot believe MSNBC gave a daily show to the Cesspool over Joy Reid

    Greta’s show sucks

  42. I’m just watching Keith Olberman on Bill Mather. Didn’t catch it Friday, which I regret. But oh my God.

  43. Jamie, yes, I do love that and any other clever trill on drumpf’s name.

    I want Craig and Keith back on TV. Damn. GQ TV. WTF?

  44. Really, all in with Chris Hayes.

    Does the fact (fact!) that Orange Julius Caesar’s proclamation of a national day of prayer for his Russian Presidency is a one time-only deal (hmmm how long will that last?) any saner than proclaiming it into perpetuity? What’s the diff in the pure nuts factor?

    There is no mitigating factor here.

    Because the day after THAT, he is lying about the size of his inaugural crowds, and   having his Press Secretary lie. The day after that, he’s complaining about citizens exercising First Amendment rights (he never has a problem with the Second) and the day after that, he’s still having his Press Secy lie and then he’s lying to Congress that he has won the popular vote  when he has not.

    And who is telling him “No”?

    We now know, or his lying Press Secy claims, that OJ Caesar’s feelings are hurt by online tweets and stories. And today he has nominated as head of the FCC an opponent of net neutrality.

    Connecting the Dippin Dots here.



  45. MD, you don’t think sanity is the standard I hope? We’re talking about Cheeto Jesus fuhchrissake. If sanity was the standard drumpf’s presidency would be a failure in the minds of all sentient people. Hmmmm, maybe that ship has sailed.

  46. mrddog, you deserve a reward for this truly great piece of work:

    Wear a wig/Dance a jig/Declare the Donald/A sexist pig

    American song of devotion for Jan. 20, 2017


    just how much did it cost the taxpayers for that proclamation?  beyond heartburn that is.

  47. the guardian:

    Donald Trump has echoed North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, after declaring that the day of his inauguration should be a “national day of patriotic devotion” – a rallying cry that would not be out of place in the secretive state’s propaganda.

    Trump’s proclamation, which was made official on Monday, has been uttered by Kim in speeches to his 1.2 million-strong military and members of the ruling Korean Workers’ party in recent years.


    It is not unusual for incoming US presidents to draw on their political and philosophical beliefs when, as is customary, they give a new name to inauguration day. Barack Obama called his first inauguration, in 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation; eight years earlier, George W Bush began his first term by declaring the date a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving.


    fyi, here it is in all it’s glory in the  federal register

  48. poor baby, welcome to the club. join all those victims subject to the bully boys during the campaign.
    from huffpo:
    Kellyanne Conway Says She’s Getting Secret Service Protection After Receiving Threats
    President Donald Trump’s adviser says the media is to blame.



    President Donald Trump’s adviser told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday that she had received suspicious packages at her home. She blamed the threats on negative press coverage of the new administration.

    According to The Hill, it’s not unusual for senior advisers to the president to obtain Secret Service details. Both David Axelrod and Valerie Jarret received protection when President Barack Obama was in office.

  49. The First Days Inside Trump’s White HOuse

    Trump has been resentful, even furious, at what he views as the media’s failure to reflect the magnitude of his achievements, and he feels demoralized that the public’s perception of his presidency so far does not necessarily align with his own sense of accomplishment.

  50. alert the guys in white coats with butterfly nets…  he’s off the rails again.

    wapo: Without evidence, Trump tells lawmakers 3 million to 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote

    Days after being sworn in, President Trump insisted to congressional leaders invited to a reception at the White House that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for millions of illegal votes, according to people familiar with the meeting.

  51. Those “Congressional leaders” know the score sheet and how many, usually zero, illegal votes there were in any election.  They know that impeachment during the first week of the administration is not a good idea.  But maybe before day ten would be acceptable.

  52. Since size matters:  La La Land just tied the all time record for Oscar nominations.  That being said, here are this year’s Best Picture nominees



    Hacksaw Ridge

    Hell or High Water

    Hidden Figures

    La La Land


    Manchester By The Sea



  53. hey, perhaps there were illegal votes…. maybe the 80,000 in the swing states that swung the election and maybe as xr has alerted us to those 75,000 voters who were kept from being counted.

    the golden headed boy did presciently proclaim it rigged and he was the benefactor.

    btw, speaking of golden, have you noticed the gold hair has more a white gold or platinum tint to it?  wonder when he’ll add diamond dust to the gilding.

  54. wapo at msn:

    A group of senior Senate Democrats on Tuesday plan to unveil their own $1 trillion plan to revamp the nation’s airports, bridges, roads and seaports, urging President Trump to back their proposal, which they say would create 15 million jobs over 10 years.

    The Democrats said their infrastructure plan would rely on direct federal spending and would span a range of projects including not only roads and bridges, but also the nation’s broadband network, hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and schools.

    Eager to drive a wedge between the new president and congressional Republicans, Democrats consider talk of infrastructure projects as a way to piggyback on Trump’s frequent vows to repair the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges and persuade him to adopt ideas that would put him at odds with GOP leaders, who have done little to embrace what would amount to a major new government spending program.

    Advisers to Trump have said they would rely on federal tax credits and public-private partnerships rather than federal spending to pay for a new infrastructure program.

    “Our nation’s infrastructure issues are vast, and they go well beyond just road and bridge repair,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement announcing the plan. “Each day, too many students attend school in buildings so decrepit the pipes leach lead into their drinking water, our country’s heroes sit in VA hospitals that are crumbling beneath them, and millions in rural communities cannot kick-start local business because they lack access to the critical high-speed Internet they need.”

  55. The condom did not receive threats or packages –those were alternative threats  probably just a way for her to get a free ride to work.   Why would anyone threaten such a useless methane based life form

  56. Sen. Jack Sandlin (R-IN) called 3.5 million Women’s March protestors “fat women out walking” You might want to call him back today: (317) 232-9539

    hat tip to Jaime and I hope there are a lot of fat women walking to the polls when this clown is up for re-election

  57. The electro-gasbag loves to claim he’s the biggest, best, most, and first.

    So, let’s make dts our very first half-term president.

  58. JellyAnte Conniption is an empty dress.

    During recent months, I’ve read numerous kudos to her, alluding to her savvy, glibness, and on and on.

    Uh, uh. She gets nothin’ from me. Why? Because she deals in lies and is a liar, unhampered by truth, logic and reality. Toss her lies and she’s got nothin’.

    And nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’.

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