Those "heroic rogue GOP senators" just helped Trump shield Equifax and Wells Fargo from lawsuits

Wouldn’t better if these “petty thefts” were banned and punished by the government instead of having customers and citizens go through the lawsuit way?
And wouldn’t better if the judicial system worked in a way that the winner is not determined by how much money you can invest in your attorney?


Rise up and picket Wells Fargo like I am. Wells Fargo has committed fraud against me and they didn’t care so I picket my local branches. My website tells what Wells Fargo did and why I picket .


We have come full circle. The thirteen colonies were corporate charters of king George (how charters started, gifts from benevolent monarchs), and the Boston Tea Party was about tax breaks given only to the east India company. Everyone has the right to vote now that it has been made next to ceremonial.


No nothing?
That means there’s gotta be something worth stealing!
SMASH Yoink!

I think you might be an entire three-piece-suite screwed; with footstools and a coffee table thrown in for good measure.

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this is nothing new for McCain:

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What’s needed is a list of banks and financial institutions that require binding arbitration. It’s now on us to not do business with those companies. Until the market pressures these businesses to do the right thing, we have to do it ourselves.

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That’s market pressure in the purest form; every dollar is a vote.

Free market capitalism does not work without an informed* consumer - which is why corporations love deceptive advertising, hate labeling laws and have a love/hate relationship with education.

For example when you buy disposable batteries you are voting for birth defects. So lots of people refuse to buy them, because they have been informed of the real-world consequences of encouraging the manufacture of disposable batteries. But the battery companies slyly make rechargeables in 1.2 instead of 1.5 volts, and often with subtly larger exteriors, so uninformed consumers won’t know how to deal with the technical issues and won’t switch to the more cost-effective rechargeable batteries. It’s manipulating the consumer to gain immunity from the “invisible hand” of market pressure. Dollars are votes.

* and reasonably rational (which is a deeper problem)

Whores, whores, and more whores. The first thing they do when they are elected is forget that they were elected to serve the people. We could improve the situation by blowing up the Heritage Foundation, but Democrats don’t pack heat.

Of course I had to look it up:
pro·glot·tid (prō-glŏt′ĭd) also pro·glot·tis (-glŏt′ĭs)
n. pl. pro·glot·tids also pro·glot·ti·des (-glŏt′ĭ-dēz′)
One of the segments of a tapeworm,
containing both male and female reproductive organs.

wonder if the guy has even seen the actual plan yet. nobody else has.

( ah, the good old days: when bills actually used to be debated in public, and not swept in via secret budget resolutions. )


Conspiracy theories are fun, but NiMH and NiCd cells are inherently 1.2 volts because physics and chemistry work that way. And, of course the cadmium in NiCd cells is quite toxic. If you want a NiMH cell that actually outputs 1.5 volts, you’re going to need to add electronics inside its case, which would be wasteful. Note also that alkaline batteries do not contain lead or cadmium, and mercury has been banned since 1996. Disposable alkaline batteries are based on manganese dioxide and zinc, with a potassium hydroxide electrolyte.

I used to have a CB walkie-talkie that had a five-cell battery bay and came with a dummy cell. You needed five cells for NiMH, four and the dummy for alkaline, to give it the six volts it required. Devices that either function well enough on the lower voltage, or have a built-in voltage regulator, will work just fine with NiMH; my digital audio recorder’s manual specifically says either can be used.

The size of the cell affects current capacity and charge duration.


Correct, and thus proglottidean, meaning like a proglotid; ugly, brainless, capable of screwing both sexes (and potentially, itself) and fundamentally parasitic. It struck me as apt, somehow, to describe our “heroic rogue” legislators that way.

Yes, it was obvious why you went with bowel-infesting parasites, and not a bad choice. However, imagening Bob Corker and Jeff Flake as hermaphrodites is a bit creepy; oddly enough not that much with McCain.
Maybe I should just make myself a nice cup of tea now, and check my mailbox.

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“Conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorist” are dog whistles, so let’s not go there.

That’s the kind of product I’ll vote for with my dollars! My congratulations for doing the same! It will only make a real difference when everyone else gets on board, though, so unilateral actions such as ours are required, today.

Adding electronics to batteries is a solved problem; check out the 1.5 volt liPoly AA cells for example (unsurprisingly not made in America, but rather in countries with lax environmental and/or labor laws, then sold here). Americans don’t like the high up-front cost and the requirement of learning how to maintain non-disposable batteries, and if you’ve been kept ignorant of the long-term consequences of disposables, it makes sense to think that way.

(I have 1.2v rechargeable AAs that I’ve been using since 1999 that are still fine. But then, I’m a notorious cheapskate, which is almost exactly the same thing as being “green” and “socially responsible” oddly enough.)

Big surprise. These people bash on 45, gain some positive news coverage and support from the left, and then vote with him anyway. McCain has been consistently doing this since Trump took office (but suddenly he’s a hero to the left because he theatrically defeated the healthcare bill most everybody hated anyway).

Fuck all of these people.


I’m trying to imagine myself in that position. If I was a lawmaker who was in political agreement with the president but found the president and his administration to be vile and destructive. Do you choose to vote against something you believe in because you know the president wants it too? That seems like an odd choice. Do you do some soul searching because 90% of your opinions are shared with a malignant narcissist? Seems worthwhile, but it’s hard to use reason to think about why Trump has the positions he has.

IF they actually think their brand of ruthless assholery is the right thing for America, THEN it seems like their position of simultanerously attacking Trump and voting for his agenda makes perfect sense and is a step up from the other cowards who believe in the same assholery but try to pass off outright lies as “hyperbole.” I never know what to think about these guys, though. What combination of stupidity and assholery does it take to look at America right now and think, “The real problem here is that the wealthy have to pay to much in taxes.”

The same thinking that drives forward, “but her emails”, and “ethics in games journalism” as things of utmost importance to the people.

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The entire Republican agenda is built on an enormous mountain of lies and misinformation, so calling out Trump for being a lying dickhead without also condemning the agenda of their own party is a clear indication that they’re totally fine with spreading lies and misinformation. They’d maybe just prefer that they not be emanating from the mouth of a tantrum-prone man-child with a finger on the button of a massive nuclear arsenal, because it makes them look bad, not because they have a fundamental dedication to decency and good governance. And I guess because it’s hard to cut taxes for the richest people and corporations on the planet when they’re nothing but radioactive piles of ash.

I refuse to give Corker any credit for coming out against Trump now, because he was on this train from the start, knew what we would be getting, and hoped he could unleash the whirlwind without getting reaped by it. Flake at least had the good sense to see what Trump was and oppose his nomination, but he’s still more devoted to his party than his country because his problem seems to be more with Trump’s tone than with the actual ridiculous lies and bullshit spewing unceasingly from his face hole, as evidenced by his ongoing devotion to the provably absurdist agenda underlying them. And I’m also not going to give McCain any credit, because a) he lined up with the rest of his party to endorse, vote for, and/or refuse to consistently condemn Trump both before and after he secured the nomination, and b) like Flake, his frustrations have been with the tone of Republican governance, not the substance. During the ACA repeal debates, his problem was never that the bills were flaming dumpster trash fires visible from nearby solar systems which were built on a bone palace of blatant lies and doublespeak that would intentionally kill thousands of people and destroy the lives of tens of thousands more. Rather, he was mad because the way the bill was drafted and brought to the floor of the Senate didn’t meet his standard for acceptable adherence to parliamentary procedure. Had Mitch McConnell actually had the patience or competence to follow regular order when trying to pass his toilet-slurpee of a bill, I can pretty much guarantee you that it would have gotten McCain’s seal of approval, and we’d be staring down the barrel of a hell of a lot more than deliberate enrollment sabotage and an executive order to terminate insurance subsidies right now.

These men are not good people. They are either willfully ignorant of the devastation their party’s agenda will create despite the incessant stream of reality-based evidence flung at them to inform them of that fact, or they’re fully aware that what they’re doing is phenomenally destructive, but they don’t care because it won’t impact them directly. And I know it’s an incredible sacrilegious offense to say that a Vietnam War veteran and POW is a bad person, especially because John McCain told that racist old lady at a town hall that Barack Obama wasn’t an Arab that one time, but the man has been complicit in the ongoing radicalization of his party for the better part of three decades now, and arguably accelerated it through his 2008 campaign for president. I have a certain amount of sympathy for everyday voters who are complicit in the Republican Party’s slow-motion self-immolation because they’ve put their faith in a set of authority figures who have gone on to lie to their faces, but McCain, Corker, and Flake are the people who have been doing the lying, and in Corker and Flake’s cases they’re second-generation bullshit artists who bought the lies of the authority figures who came before them and got themselves voted into office to perpetuate the cycle (whether out of ignorance or malice doesn’t really matter at this point).

To the extent that they’re willing to help railroad Trump out of office before the blatant corruption and incompetence he brought with him destroys the executive branch from within, I welcome their assistance. But aside from Strongly Worded Statements Of Disapproval, none of these men have done anything with the power in their possession to advance that cause or actually stop the spread of Trump’s corruption by opposing the people he nominates, and two of them have now publicly declared their intention to abandon ship in 18 months. Until they start taking measurable steps to put the brakes on Trump’s exploitation of governmental power and renounce their party’s Stupid Orwell* policy agenda, I’m not interested in anything else they have to say.

*It’s like Stupid Watergate, but for authoritarian governance.


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